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Statement from President Shimon Peres

1 July 2014

Statement from President Shimon Peres

(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)

Upon the announcement that the bodies of the three boys were found President Shimon Peres released the following statement:

"All of Israel bows its head today. For 18 days we hoped and prayed with one voice that we would find the boys safe and well. With this bitter news all of Israel mourns their deaths. Along with our deep sense of loss we remain committed to bringing the terrorists to justice. Our resolve in the fight against terror will only strengthen and we will ensure that murderous terrorism of this sort will not dare to rear its head again."

President Peres continued and said, "At this difficult time my thoughts and prayers are with the family. They educated their children with dedication and embedded within them a love of their country"

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