WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement regarding the terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed seven people and left several others injured. 

"The terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Friday was horrific and abhorrent. The dangerous rise in antisemitism and attacks on people trying to worship and practice their religion is unacceptable and must be condemned.

"Secretary Antony Blinken’s trip to the region comes at a critical time. Promoting dialogue and cooperation, including security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, is critical to restoring calm in the region and advancing long-term security.

"It's crucial for the U.S. and regional leaders to continue to look for ways to de-escalate and prevent more violence. Today, the House Armed Services Committee met with King Abdullah II of Jordan who briefed us on the constructive role that Jordan is playing in trying to find a long-term peaceful solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian leaders must take greater steps to prevent acts of terror and incitement of violence by militant groups, and the PA must immediately restore security cooperation with Israel. Additionally, Israel should not take actions like settlement expansion that jeopardize both the viability of a Palestinian state and the ultimate and necessary goal of a two state solution.

"Secretary Antony Blinken's visit comes at a time when U.S. leadership is needed."