NEW YORK — Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is demanding that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his government condemn the murder of an Israeli settler couple by suspected Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank.
Meeting Secretary of State John Kerry in New York on Friday, Netanyahu said he appreciated U.S. condemnation of Thursday's attack and noted that some Palestinians had praised the killing. He said the only way to deal with incidents like it is to fight terrorism and called on the international community to press Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to act.
Netanyahu and Kerry both also noted the mass shooting at a college in Oregon on Thursday that left nine people and the gunman dead. They said Israel and the U.S. were united in grief over the two incidents.