JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday he was "heartbroken and horrified" by a shooting attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed at least eight people.
"All the people of Israel mourn the families of the dead, we stand with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, we stand with the American people in the face of this terrible anti-Semitic brutality, and we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded," said Netanyahu in a statement.
Local authorities and media said a gunman calling "All Jews Must Die" stormed the synagogue during Saturday's church services, shooting believers, killing at least eight people and injuring six others, including four policemen, before he was arrested ,
Israeli diaspora minister Naftali Bennett said he would travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday to offer his support to the Jewish community and instructed his team to prepare any assistance they might need.
"The state of Israel is deeply affected by this terrible anti-Semitic murder, our Jewish brothers and sisters are subjected to a murderous attack during prayer, our hearts go to the families of the dead, and we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded we pray that this is the last such event, "Bennett said in a statement.
Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Peter Graff and Helen Popper