8/27/2005

Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer

Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer

Israeli leaders, who have chafed at occasional American criticism of their measures against Palestinians, said the day's attacks would awaken the United States to the threat of global terrorism.

Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, "It's very good." Then he edited himself: "Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy." He predicted that the attack would "strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we've experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror."

In an appearance late tonight, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon repeatedly placed Israel on the same ground as the United States, calling the assault an attack on "our common values" and declaring, "I believe together we can defeat these forces of evil." He declared Wednesday a day of mourning.

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