JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - As we celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's 65th Independence Day, our thoughts and prayers at The Jewish Agency for Israel are with the residents of Boston and the American people. God bless America.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed Monday's dual terror bombings at the Boston Marathon, in comments at an Independence Day reception for the foreign diplomatic corps on Tuesday, held at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem.
"Permit me to express our solidarity with the bereaved families in Boston today," Peres said. "Three people lost their lives, 140 were wounded and I want to send on behalf of all of us, our condolences to all the families and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured."
"When it comes to events like this, all of us are one family. We feel a part of the people who paid such a high price. God bless them. Today the real problem is terror and terror is not an extension of policy, their policy is terror, their policy is to threaten," Peres said. "Terrorists divide people, they kill innocent people."
Netanyahu expressed his condolences over the events in Boston during his remarks at the event.
"Yesterday a day of enjoyment in Boston was turned into a day of terror and we send our condolences to President [Barack] Obama, to the American people and to the bereaved families and we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded," Netanyahu said. "On this day and on any day Israel stands should to shoulder with the American people. We are partners in freedom and partners in seeking a better future for all of us, all of humanity.