The attack on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem has been condemned by leaders in Israel and around the world. A Hamas spokesman said it was a normal response to Israeli aggression.
US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH
"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack in Jerusalem that targeted innocent students at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. This barbaric and vicious attack on innocent civilians deserves the condemnation of every nation.
"I have just spoken with Prime Minister [Ehud] Olmert to extend my deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and to the people of Israel. I told him the United States stands firmly with Israel in the face of this terrible attack."
US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE
"This barbarous act has no place among civilised people and
shocks the conscience of all peace-loving nations. There is no
cause that could ever justify this action."
UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
A statement issued by his spokesman said:
"The secretary-general is deeply concerned at the potential for continued acts of violence and terrorism to undermine the political process, which he believes must be pursued to achieve a secure and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians, based on a two-state solution."
UK PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN
"Last night's attack and the murders that took place in Jerusalem will mean that the whole world will be outraged at what has been happening.
"This is clearly an attempt to strike a blow at the very heart of the peace process."
OFIR GENDLEMAN, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY
"Israel condemns this horrific terrorist attack in Jerusalem, and calls for condemnation from the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. Israel will continue fighting terrorism, wherever it is, in order to secure peace and stability in the region."
PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS
A statement said: "The president condemned all
attacks that target civilians, whether they are Palestinian
HAMAS SPOKESMAN FAWZI BARHOUM
"This is a normal response to all the Israel occupation, commission and aggression, and they [have] committed massacres inside the Gaza and West Bank - about 128 [people were] killed, 30 of them children and infants, people and elderly and [women]. So I find this is a normal response to all Israel's occupational crimes, and waging a war against the Palestinians."
FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER BERNARD KOUCHNER
"France condemns in the firmest possible terms the appalling
attack which took place in a Talmudic school in West
Jerusalem on Thursday evening, in which many civilians
"[Paris], in spite of this violence, which is also an attack on peace, calls for the continuation of negotiations with a
view to the creation of a Palestinian state living in peace
and security alongside Israel.
"There is no alternative to the quest for a negotiated
political solution to put an end to the conflict."