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Statement by President Barack Obama on the deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar

June 30, 2014 | 1:23 pm

<em>President Barack Obama on June 30. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters</em>

President Barack Obama on June 30. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

On behalf of the American people I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel – who held Israeli and American citizenship. As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys are experiencing. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth. From the outset, I have offered our full support to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort. I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation. As the Israeli people deal with this tragedy, they have the full support and friendship of the United States.

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