Kerry condemns Jerusalem bus bombing
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Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Longtime Biden adviser posthumously tests positive for coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington MORE on Monday evening denounced a bus bombing in Jerusalem earlier in the day, which officials have labeled as terrorism.

"Our thoughts tonight are with the 21 innocent men and women and their families," Kerry said during a gala in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Israeli advocacy group J Street.

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"This certainly bears all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms," Kerry continued. 
 
"These outrages are solely determined to instill fear ... they will never succeed in intimidating the Israeli people," he said. 
 
At least 21 people were injured in a bomb blast in Jerusalem earlier in the day, according to a police spokesman. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat confirmed that the blast was a terrorist attack.
 
"What this tragedy also does is it also underscores the importance of ending this conflict," Kerry said in his remarks to the progressive pro-Israel group. 
 
Kerry delivered his remarks shortly before Vice President Biden addressed the group.

Earlier in the evening, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much GOP challenger seizes on outrage against Massie Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on MORE released a statement condemning the attack.

​"This attack comes in the midst of a wave of violence that has rocked Israel for months. Israelis have been living in fear of going about their daily lives — going to the store, to the boardwalk, riding the bus. All of us, including Palestinian leaders, must condemn such violence," Clinton said.

"I will always stand with Israel's right and ability to defend itself — it's security is non-negotiable. Israel must continue to know that it has no greater friend than the United States.”