Sean McCormack, Spokesman
April 17, 2006
Terrorist Bombing in Tel Aviv
The United States condemns the heinous terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv today that killed at least seven civilians and wounded over thirty. Our condolences go out to the victims, their families, and the Israeli people.
The burden of responsibility for preventing terrorist attacks rests with the Palestinian Authority. We have noted reactions by several Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, that defend or even applaud these barbaric actions, as we have noted President Abbas’ swift denunciation of it.
Defense of terrorist acts by officials of the Palestinian cabinet undoubtedly will effect relations between the Palestinian Authority and all states seeking peace in the Middle East. A Palestinian government that encourages or tolerates terrorism against innocent men, women, and children not only increases violence against the Israelis, but does great harm to the interests of the Palestinian people, ensuring their further isolation. We reiterate that the United States will have no contact with a Hamas-led government, and we call upon all states to demand that it abandon its support for terror.
Released on April 17, 2006