(JNS.org) Israeli officials condemned Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded.
“Terrible massacre in #LasVegas. My heart goes to the victims and their families. Love and solidarity from #Jerusalem,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In an address to the country Monday, President Donald Trump called the massacre "an act of pure evil."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning and sorrow. Our hearts go out to the victims' families and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We grieve with you."
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Monday sent a letter to Trump, stating, "We stand with you as you mourn the terrible loss of life and injury following this senseless attack on people who had merely gathered together to listen to music.” Rivlin asked Trump to "convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and send our best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to the many injured."
Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, Hatnuah party leader Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid were among the other Israeli officials who conveyed their condolences after the shooting.
“The hearts of all Israelis are with the American people on this day of profound tragedy. We pray for the wounded. God bless you,” Bennett tweeted.
The lone suspect in the shooting, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on an outdoor Las Vegas concert with an automatic rifle from a 32nd-floor window in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
“Reports on social media of multiple shooters or of a bomb threat are false,” Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters, calling the shooting a “lone wolf” attack.