Netanyahu Condemns Capitol Siege After Trump Promises 'Orderly Transition'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, January 6, 2021.Credit: Marc Israel Sellem / AP
Judy Maltz
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Thursday the violence siege on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. that took place Wednesday, after Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden's win and President Donald Trump promised an orderly transition. 

"For me, American democracy has always been a source of inspiration," Netanyahu said in a joint televised statement with U.S. Treasurer Steve Mnuchin, who is currently in Jerusalem. 

"The violent rampage that took place today is the stark opposite of the values that Americans and Israelis uphold. The attack on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. was disgraceful, and we must condemn every such attack. I have no doubt that American democracy will prevail, as it has always done."

After appearing to offer support for protesters, and telling them to "go in peace," Donald Trump released a statement saying the transition will be "orderly." 

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. while this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," Donald Trump said. 

On Wednesday, thousands of pro-Trump protesters stromed Capitol Hill, in order to halt Congressional certification of the Electoral College result and Joe Biden's win as president. 

Pro-Trump protesters storm into the U.S. Capitol during clashes with police in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

As the crowd started breaching security barriers, the Senate and the House abruptly and unexpectedly recessed.

An armed standoff at the door of the House floor was reported, and although pictures seemed to show that Capitol police had the situation under control, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed that shots had been fired. CNN later reported that a woman was shot in the chest, apparently by a law enforcement officer, and it was later confirmed she had been killed.

Three further people died on Capitol Hill of medical emergencies and 52 people were arrested, D.C. police reported. Multiple police officers were also injured, and at least one had to be hospitalized.

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