Obama urges calm after ‘horrific’ Jerusalem attack

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President Barack Obama condemns a “horrific attack” on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four people, including three US citizens, and urged Israel and the Palestinians to seek peace. Duration: 00:54

Obama urges calm after 'horrific' Jerusalem attack

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Obama urges calm after ‘horrific’ Jerusalem attack

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WASHINGTON, Nov 18, 2014 (AFP) – President Barack Obama condemned Tuesday a “horrific attack” on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four people, including three US citizens, and urged Israel and the Palestinians to seek peace.

“We know that two attackers senselessly and brutally attacked innocent worshippers in a synagogue during their morning prayers,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

“Obviously, we condemn, in the strongest terms, these attacks.”

Obama said the assault was “a tragedy for both nations — Israel as well as the United States — and our hearts go out to the families, who obviously are undergoing enormous grief right now.”

He identified the three Israeli-Americans who died in Tuesday’s attack by two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers as Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine and Mosheh Twersky.

And he added that US Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone.

“Tragically, this is not the first loss of life that we have seen in recent months,” Obama warned.

“Too many Israelis have died, and too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time, I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence.”

The fourth Israeli victim has been identified as a British national. Eight more people were wounded.

The attack began shortly after dawn when assailants burst into a Jewish seminary. Police exchanged gunfire with the attackers, killing them. Two police were wounded.

Obama warned against a “spiral” of violence, but said that he believed that the overwhelming majority of Israelis and Palestinians want to live in peace and raise their families in safety.

And he promised: “The United States wants to work with all parties involved to make that a reality and to isolate the kinds of extremists that are bringing about this terrible carnage.”

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