“The United States stands with the people of Israel, and with Jewish communities the world over, in mourning the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron,” Biden says in a statement.
“The loss of life among worshipers practicing their faith is heartbreaking. I have instructed my team to offer our assistance to the government and people of Israel as they respond to the disaster and care for the wounded. We are also working to confirm reports that American citizens may have lost their lives or been wounded during the religious observance of Lag B’Omer,” Biden says.
“The people of the United States and Israel are bound together by our families, our faiths, and our histories, and we will stand with our friends. Our prayers are with those who were injured and all those who lost loved ones. May their memories be a blessing,” the US president says, using a traditional Jewish phrase to those mourning.
Netanyahu says in a tweet that Biden called him to express his condolences and regret over the tragedy.
“I thank him on your behalf, citizens of Israel. I also thank [Russian] President Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European leaders, and leaders in the Arab world — from Bahrain, the Emirates and many other leaders who share the grief of all Israeli citizens,” Netanyahu says.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry has said that at least four US citizens are among the dead in the disaster.