Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 18
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey condemns attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel, according to a message from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
The ministry said in its message Nov. 18 that there is no reason to attack the holy places and commit a crime.
On Nov. 18, four Israelis fell victim to an attack in the Har Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
Two of the attackers, armed with knives for cutting meat, were neutralized by the police.
Following the incident, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a harsh response to the terrorist attack in the Jerusalem synagogue, calling it a direct result of the instigation activity of the Palestinian authorities.
"We will give a harsh response to the brutal murder of Jews, who gathered for prayer," Netanyahu said in his statement, released by his press service.
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti said the Israeli PM will in the next few hours hold a meeting on security issues.
The police said the attackers are the residents of East Jerusalem, where the city's Arab population is concentrated.
Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian leaders - the Islamist movement Hamas, which rules in Gaza Strip and which has welcomed the attack, and the Palestinian national authority head, Mahmoud Abbas, whose authority extends to the West Bank of the Jordan River.
"This is a direct result of instigation activity waged by the Hamas and Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas' alias], the incitement, which is ignored by the international community in an irresponsible way," Netanyahu said.
Edited by SI