Several Israeli leaders issued statements condemning the violence at the U.S. Capitol Building on the Jewish state’s greatest ally after protestors somehow got through police and stormed into the building on Wednesday in Washington D.C. America is a beacon of democracy to the rest of the world. Seeing protestors storm the Capitol was shocking to Israeli leaders.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his time in issuing a statement just as he did in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden on his victory. On Thursday morning, Netanyahu said that American democracy “has inspired millions around the world and in Israel” for generations.
“Lawlessness and violence are the opposite of the values we know Americans and Israelis cherish,” he continued. “The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act that must be vigorously condemned. I have no doubt that American democracy will prevail – it always has.”
Opposition leader Yair Lapid said he was “deeply saddened and shocked.”
“My thoughts are with all my friends in Washington tonight. We hope to see order restored and the transition of power completed,” Lapid wrote on Twitter. “America needs to go back to being a role model for democracies across the world.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said watching the scenes from Washington “hurt the heart of anyone who believes in democracy.”
“I never believed I would see such images from the world’s most powerful democracy,” Gantz said. “This is proof that before political rivalry, we must agree on the rules of the game: maintaining the rule of law, respect for the democratic process and respectful dialogue. I hope this horrific event will come to an end soon, without any casualties.”
New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar said, “it was sad to see the pictures from Washington yesterday.”
“The order was restored, and I am sure that there will be an orderly transfer of powers in the US, our greatest friend in the world,” he said. “The events are an important reminder of the dangers of polarization and extremism in society. We must never take democracy and its institutions for granted.”
The head of the Republican Party in Israel, Mark Zell, condemned the violence as well and said he was ashamed of what transpired.
“This has nothing to do with the Republican Party and our values,” he said, doubling down however on his belief that the election was stolen from U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump spoke outside the Capitol building at a rally prior to the mob scene erupting.
“We do not want to see our election victory stolen by radical left Democrats, that’s what they’re doing, and stolen by the fake news media, that’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing,” Trump said. “We will never give up and never concede. We will stop the steal.”
He later called on violent protesters to “go home,” after telling them, “We love you, you are very special.”
“I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” he said in a video address. “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”
His speech was criticized by members of both parties for expressing affection for people who potentially threatened the lives of congressmen and senators.
President-elect Joe Biden called the storming of the U.S. Capitol an “insurrection.”
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault,” Biden said.