Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed “deep shock over the murderous attacks against innocent civilians in Sri Lanka.”
Netanyahu, in a statement released and tweeted on Sunday in the hours after the bombings at three churches and three hotels killing over 250 people, saying that “Israel stands ready to assist the authorities in Sri Lanka at this difficult time.”
He also wrote: “The entire world must unite in the battle against the scourge of terrorism.”
Later on Sunday, the city hall in Tel Aviv lit up with the Sri Lankan flag.
“Tonight the #TelAviv Municipality Hall lit in the colors of the Sri Lankan #flag. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of #SriLanka and all those affected by the terrible terror attack,” tweeted the municipality.
Tonight the #TelAviv Municipality Hall lit in the colors of the Sri Lankan #flag. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of #SriLanka and all those affected by the terrible terror attack 🇮🇱❤🇱🇰 pic.twitter.com/0leQi4qqxp
— Tel Aviv (@TelAviv) April 21, 2019
“The attacks in #SriLanka, including those at prayer celebrating #EasterSunday. are a despicable crime. We are all children of God; an attack on one religion is an attack on us all. #Israel sends condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for the recovery of the injured,” Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin tweeted in the wake of the attacks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed, on behalf of the citizens of Israel, deep shock over the murderous attacks against innocent civilians in Sri Lanka.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 21, 2019
The Israel National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Thursday issued a warning for travel to Sri Lanka, saying there was a “high and concrete” chance of a terror attack, four days after the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks.
The agency said Israeli travellers should leave the island as soon as possible, and those planning to visit were advised to cancel their trips.