August 31, 2010
Four Israelis were killed today in a brutal terrorist attack near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank. This severe attack comes one day prior to the start of the direct peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians in Washington DC. Israeli officials further stated this attack will not deter its leaders from entering the talks and finding a path to peace.
Remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“We witnessed today a savage murder of four innocent Israelis. There are seven new orphans that were added to the circle of grief in Israel. We will not let the blood of Israeli civilians go unpunished. We will find the murderers. We will punish their dispatchers. We will not let terror decide where Israelis live or the configuration of our final borders. These and other issues will be determined in the negotiations for peace that we’re conducting, and in these negotiations I will set clearly the security needs that are required precisely to address this kind of terror; and I hope to have the opportunity to go into greater detail in my conversations with President Obama tomorrow and with you, Secretary Clinton, today, and the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians as well. Thank you.”