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Statement from Prime Minister's Office

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Prime Minister's Office, this morning (Friday, 7 April 2017), issued the following statement:

In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Israel fully supports President Trump's decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime's horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.

President Rivlin's comments following the US strike in Syria

(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)

President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Friday) commented following the American attack on the Syrian airport:

"In the face of the terrible use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, the clear and determined steps of the US Administration and Military under the leadership of President Trump, constitute a fitting and appropriate response to such unthinkable brutality.

"In acting as it has, the United States serves as an example to the entire free world, which must support any step required to bring the atrocities in Syria to an end."


Yad Vashem Chairman Calls Upon the World Leaders to End the Atrocities in Syria

06 April 2017 - Jerusalem) In the wake of the latest news emerging from Syria regarding chemical warfare waged upon civilians, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev reiterated that "following World War II, the global community enacted universal principles and instituted international organizations with the express purpose of averting future crimes against humanity." Shalev expressed "deep concern over the appalling evidence of renewed carnage in Syria and the images of massacred children in this turbulent area." He called upon "world leaders and the global community to act now in order to put a stop to the atrocities and avert further suffering."


 US VP Pence Thanks PM Netanyahu for Israel's Strong Support for the US Action in Syria

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

US Vice President Mike Pence, this afternoon (Friday, 7 April 2017), telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and thanked him – on behalf of US President Donald Trump – for Israel's strong support for the American action in Syria. The Vice President also updated the Prime Minister on the details of the action and its results.

Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated the need to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.

US Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized the strength of the alliance between Israel and the US.