Bush Condemns Terror Attack on Seminary

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following Thursday night's terror attack on Jerusalem seminary students, US President George W. Bush called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to express America's solidarity with Israel.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack in Jerusalem that targeted innocent students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva [religious seminary]," read a White House statement.

"This barbaric and vicious attack on innocent civilians deserves the condemnation of every nation," the statement read.

Bush asked the Israeli prime minister to extend his condolences to the families who sons were murdered.

"I told him the United States stands firmly with Israel in the face of this terrible attack," Bush said.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who phoned Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni from Brussels, called the attack an "act of terror and depravity."

Rice likewise issued a statement to the press, following the phone call.

"The United States condemns tonight's act of terror and depravity. This barbarous act has no place among civilized peoples and the shocks the conscience of all peace-loving nations. There is no cause that could ever justify this action," Rice's statement read.

Speaking with The Associated Press, Mark Regev, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokesman, said the Palestinian Authority (PA) government must go beyond condemning terror attacks to taking substantial measures against the terrorists themselves.

"Tonight's massacre in Jerusalem is a defining moment," Regev said. "It is clear that those people celebrating this bloodshed have shown themselves to be not only the enemies of Israel but of all humanity," he said.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry also issued a statement Thursday night.

"Such abominable terrorist attacks must strengthen the free world's understanding of the nature of the terrorist threat. A clear, decisive and uncompromising stand is necessary against such terrorism," the statement read.

"[Israel is] at the forefront of the struggle against terrorism and will continue to defend its citizens, who are exposed to this threat on a daily basis," read the Foreign Ministry statement, which concluded by admonishing the international community to support the Jewish state in its war on terror.

Sources: The Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post

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