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Obama Vows Strong Support for Israel in Aftermath of Attack

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama vowed the U.S. will do everything possible to ensure Israel’s security in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Bulgaria and instability in the region caused by upheaval in Syria.

He condemned the “barbaric terrorist attack” in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and said this is a moment of “great uncertainty” in the Mideast “given what’s happening in Syria.”

“Now’s the time to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect Israel’s security, and I want you to know that that’s something that should transcend party,” Obama said today at a campaign appearance at a West Palm Beach, Florida, retirement community. “That’s not a Republican or Democratic issue.”

“We haven’t just preserved the unbreakable bond with Israel,” he said. “We have strengthened it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization was behind the bombing in Bulgaria and vowed to track down the perpetrators.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kate Andersen Brower in West Palm Beach at kandersen7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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