President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and world leaders condemned on Friday the terror attack that took place in the French city of Nice the night before.
More than 80 people were killed and many were wounded when a Tunisian-born French citizen rammed a truck into a crowd watching the Bastille Day fireworks at the city's seaside promenade and then proceeded to shoot at revelers before being killed.
In a letter of condolence to French President Francois Hollande, Rivlin said that "France’s national celebration marks the beginning of the French Revolution, an event crucial to European and world history and the rise of the modern values which today we all hold dear; liberty, equality, and democracy. The vile threat of terrorism is an affront to these values, and its perpetrators murder and maim indiscriminately in pursuit of their barbaric ideology of hate."
"We must work united to reach the terrorists, their supporters and backers, wherever they may hide. We will never give up," the president added.
Netanyahu said that "the attack again reminds us that terror can strike anywhere and that it needs to be fought everywhere."
"Israelis stand united with the French nation today. We join them in their mourning, and wish the wounded a speedy recovery," he added.
U.S. President Barack Obama condemned what he said "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved-ones of those killed."
Noting that the attack occurred on Bastille Day, Obama praised "the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned what she called an act of mass murder. "Germany stands at France's side in the fight against terrorism, united with many, many others. I am convinced that, despite all the difficulties, we shall win this fight," she said at a summit meeting in Mongolia.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took to Twitter to convey his condolences. "My deepest condolences to France, those who suffered in this heinous act of terror in Nice and families of victims," he wrote, adding that "terrorists and their sponsors only understand the language of force, and we must use it."
My deepest condolences to France, those who suffered in this heinous act of terror in Nice and families of victims https://t.co/OiafU5zfKh— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) July 15, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted, in both English and French, that "Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people."
Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 14, 2016
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