ADL: West Bank Attack Proves Hamas Is Bent on Eradicating Israel

In response by Conference of Presidents, organization leaders say international condemnations of Israel's military measures only encourages terrorists.

 The West Bank shooting attack orchestrated by Hamas and which resulted in the death of four Israeli civilians proved the militant organization was determined to eradicate the State of Israel, the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement released late Thursday.

Abe Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League
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In a statement from the armed wing of Hamas following the deadly attack, the Qassam Brigades said it took "full responsibility for the heroic operation in Hebron."

Hours later, the ADL said it strongly condemned "Hamas for the murder of four innocent Israelis in Kiryat Arba," adding that the attack demonstrated once and again that Hamas is unrepentantly engaged in terrorism and violence, and dedicated to the eradication of the State of Israel."

"The fact that, according to reports, thousands of people in Gaza joined in a public celebration of the attack is grotesque," the ADL statement added, saying the organization called on "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership to make clear to all Palestinians – in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – that terrorism is unacceptable, and that it undermines the Palestinian efforts for an independent state."

"The U.S. Administration must also sharply condemn this incident, and make clear to the Palestinians that terrorism and incitement violate the spirit of the impending peace talks," the ADL said.

Also responding to Thursday's fatal attack, the Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations released a statement, expressing outrage by the "barbaric terrorist attack that claimed the lives of four innocent people and left 10 children orphaned."

"Hamas has proudly taken credit for this brutal and inhumane act," the statement said, urging "the government of Israel must take the steps it deems appropriate to protect its citizens."

The Conference of Presidents added that the "international community must stand behind Israel and take decisive steps to end Hamas’ reign of terror," saying the "international condemnations of Israel for measures to defend its borders and citizens, a right accorded every other nation, only encourages the terrorists."

"The UN and the international community must hold to account those who aid, abet and supply terrorist organizations," the statement read, saying that while the PA condemned the attack it "cannot continue to honor those responsible for terrorist attacks, declaring them shahids and allowing the incitement against Israel and Israelis to continue."

"The glorification of murderers will only encourage others to emulate them,” said Conference of Presidents Chairman Alan Solow and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein.