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U.S. State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby.

The Assistant Secretary and State Department Spokesperson John Kirby issued a statement on Tuesday, March 8, condemning three terrorist attacks in Israel, in one of which an American tourist was killed.

The statement mentioned the American, Taylor Force, by name. Kirby named all three Israeli cities in which the terrorist attacks occurred, but neither mentioned that all three took place in Israel, nor that Palestinian Arabs were the perpetrators of each of the attacks.

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The statement reads:

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s outrageous terrorist attacks in Jaffa, Petah Tikvah, and Jerusalem, which tragically claimed the life of U.S. citizen Taylor Allen Force and left many others severely injured. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Taylor and all those affected by these senseless attacks, and we wish a speedy recovery for the injured. As we have said many times, there is absolutely no justification for terrorism. We continue to encourage all parties to take affirmative steps to reduce tensions and restore calm.

Another fact left unmentioned in the statement issued by the U.S. State Department was that U.S. Vice President was less than a few miles away when the terrorist attack took place in Jaffa.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. the statement condemned terrorist attacks; it indicated where the attacks took place; if you're looking for something to complain about, you can do better.
    however, if all you're looking for is to rag about the president, go ahead and yell all you want –
    but remember, that when you yell about bs, your reaction to real issues will be totally ignored

  2. BS??? You think it is BS to be upset about missing relevant facts from a statement condemning a terror attack? Do you think the families of the murdered think it is BS? Would you report on 9-11 without identifying the terrorists? Either you are kidding, or your comment is reprehensible.

  3. Abbas is seen in recent Arabic videos praising the jihadist attackers. He says they are 'spilling pure blood for Jerusalem.' He calls the attackers "martyrs" who will be rewarded in heaven by Allah. He has said that the "filthy feet" of Jews and infidels will not go near their mosque.

    Meanwhile in Davos, Switzerland recently, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Netanyahu, who said he's prepared to negotiate for peace with Abbas at "any time, so where is he?"

    Yet, the U.S. State Department continues "to encourage all parties to take affirmative steps to reduce tensions and restore calm."

    What is wrong with this picture?

  4. They don't want to offend the steadfastly loyal reasonable insightful compassionate loving muslim world.They see how much being politically correct has achieved for them, and don't want to jeopardize the significant strides that negotiation with madmen has gotten them. I'm so proud of the United States government. Don't you all see how far their actions have gotten us?

  5. Ch Hoffman – The State Dept. statement utterly fails to condemn the entity that incites the murders and violence on Israelis by the Palestinians. Nowhere is there any mention of the PA leadership's incitement and praise for the murderers. On the contrary, the ending sentence apportions the blame almost equally to both sides (Israel, whose citizens and tourists are being terrorized and murdered, and the PA, whose leaders incite and praise these murderous actions). Mr. Hoffman, remember that often it is better to say nothing and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and prove it! If you can not see why people are complaining, I suggest you look deep into your heart to determine whether you are lying or you are simply – willfully – blind.

  6. Have you been a word parsing jackass your whole life or only when it comes to Jews? I may not agree with this web site all of the time, but I don't see self-victimization. What do you expect them to do when Israelis are so horrifically treated by a ethnic group that seems to breed terrorists wholesale? How do you sugar coat murdering innocent people? This ain't cereal.

  7. Mr Hoffman, surely you can understand that when a spokesman addrewsses the public he must not assume exact knowledge of everything on the public's part. He must instead fill in gaps in order to avoid misunderstanding. Not to mention that the assailants were Palestinians and not to say that this happened as the latest in a long series of similar or identical attacks was a serious breach of his duty to keep the public well informed. Thses were not 'random attackers' as Obama has suggested, but highly motivated individuals serving a readily identifiable cause. As presented, this could be passed off as a one-off attack on tourists by a disturbed individual. Please credit this article with greater salience than you think.

  8. “The United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts,” Biden said. “The kind of violence we saw yesterday, the failure to condemn it, the rhetoric that incites that violence, the retribution that it generates, has to stop.”

    The U.S. vice president spoke warmly of his decades-long relationship with Netanyahu, and reemphasized America’s commitment to Israel’s security.

  9. Denis MacEoin Nothing ever said by a State Department spokesman in his/her capacity as such, was ever said without aproval from above. The problem lies with this administration's total refusal to identify the terrorists by who/what they really are.

  10. Ch Hoffman What's "deplorable" is the FACT that Jews are being targetted, and murdered by muslims in Israel. What is moronic are the people who apparently have a problem with a newspaper that faults a Govt. mouthpiece for failing to mention relevant facts. If there was an epidemic of anti-Semitic crimes in your city, perpetrated by ONE SPECIFIC GROUP, would you not think a Govt. condemnation should identify the group responsible???

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