In the wake of the horrific shooting in Orlando this weekend, the U.S.-Israel bond has again shown itself to be strong. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences for, as well as his country's solidarity with, the United States and all those affected by the attack:
"On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I extend our deepest condolences to the American people..."
The prime minister went on to say, "Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States at this moment of tragic loss. We send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a full and speedy recovery to the wounded."
At the start of Monday's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said, "We are all shocked by the terrible massacre in Orlando ... Terrorism threatens the entire world and the first thing that must be done is for enlightened nations to vigorously unite to fight it."
President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter of condolence to U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday. "Once again we feel the pain of terrible loss as we see the blood spilled of young and innocent people," Rivlin wrote. "There is no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them..."