Donald Trump condemned on Friday the murder of a 13-year-old Israeli girl by a Palestinian teenager, calling it “barbaric.”
“I am shocked by the heinous murder of 13 year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while she was sleeping in her bedroom,” Trump wrote in a Facebook post. “I extend my deepest condolences to the Ariel family.”
Mohammed Tarayra, 17, of Bani Naim, was killed by security guards after he broke into the Ariels’ home and stabbed Hallel to death, according to CNN. Hallel was a U.S. national.
Trump on Friday blamed the violence on Palestinian leaders.
“The continuing incitement and preaching of hate by the Palestinian leadership, and the glorification of terror must end immediately,” he wrote.
“I call upon the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to condemn this murder and to take concrete steps to end this barbaric behavior.”