“Israel’s strength is in the resilience and unity of its people, and this will not be affected by the reprehensible actions of terrorists,” the Embassy of Israel in Canberra said last Friday.
Three Israelis were killed and more than 10 were wounded last Thursday night when a Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bar in central Tel Aviv, the latest terrorist attack to strike Israel in recent weeks. The terrorist was later found and killed in a shootout with officers.
Australian Ambassador to Israel Paul Griffiths said it was “another shocking terror attack on innocent people”.
“It’s desperately sad to say it again: deepest condolences to the victims and their families and hopes that the injured recover quickly. Australia stands with Israel,” he tweeted.
Member for Macnamara Josh Burns expressed his shock at “another deadly attack”.
“Violence and terror is never the answer, it only makes peace harder, and we in Australia will always stand steadfastly against terror wherever it strikes,” he said.
Wentworth MP Dave Sharma tweeted, “Another shocking and appalling terrorist attack in Israel … Condemn this absolutely and without reservation. Killing of civilians has no justification.”
Zionist Federation of Australia president Jeremy Leibler said the Australian Jewish community “stands united in its horror and outrage”.
“These attacks do more than orphan children and devastate families. They are aimed at the heart and soul of Israel,” he said.
“They are designed to weaken Israel, and undermine the Jewish connection to our homeland. But they will not. Even as they break our hearts, these attacks make our resolve stronger, and they make Israel stronger.”
Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein said, “We are appalled and saddened by this latest barbaric attack on innocent Israelis. This again demonstrates the need for the stringent Israeli security measures that misguided critics are so eager to witlessly condemn.”
“Also disturbing are reports once again of congratulatory statements issued by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, both proxies of Iran, and of Palestinians celebrating in the streets,” he added.
“Terror attacks such as the recent spate don’t happen in a vacuum – they are a result of all-pervasive, systemic incitement to hatred against Israel by the terror groups and even by the Palestinian Authority itself.”
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