01 July 2014

The State of Israel is in mourning

Statement from the Embassy of Israel in Australia, 1 July 2014:

The State of Israel is in mourning following the discovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frenkel who were brutally murdered by Hamas terrorists. 

The State of Israel and the Jewish people are standing in solidarity with the grieving families of these boys.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, 
“On behalf of the entire Jewish People, I would like to tell the dear families – the mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and brothers and sisters – we are deeply saddened, the entire nation weeps with you”. He went on to say that “Hamas is responsible – and Hamas will pay. May the memories of the three boys be blessed".
President Shimon Peres captured the mood of the nation saying, "all of Israel bows its head today. For 18 days we hoped and prayed with one voice that we would find the boys safe and well. With this bitter news all of Israel mourns their deaths. Along with our deep sense of loss we remain committed to bringing the terrorists to justice. Our resolve in the fight against terror will only strengthen and we will ensure that murderous terrorism of this sort will not dare to rear its head again."

We believe that it is the right of every Israeli to feel safe and to be safe across the nation.

Whilst saddened by the untimely loss, our resolve must be to maintain composure and to ensure those responsible pay the price for such a heinous crime.

Today we have been made to feel vulnerable by this malicious and unprovoked action, conducted by Hamas terrorists against school-aged boys.

Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are children of Israel, they are all of our sons and brothers.

It is the first priority of every nation to protect its citizens in the face of wanton acts of aggression. Israel will not stand idly by and allow our children to be targets for hateful acts of terrorism by Hamas.