On the evening of April 7, an Italian tourist died while walking along the Tel Aviv seafront. We know the tragic events and imagine the pain that this caused to the family and friends of Alessandro Parini who saw his life senselessly taken away from him that evening.
However, the dimension of pain is not the only one that has marked those days.
I witnessed not only the solidarity of Israeli institutions, but the moving generosity of countless Israeli citizens, without any distinction between them, who expressed their condolences in various ways. Many sent gifts to the wounded in the hospital. Others brought flowers and candles to the site of the terrorist attack. Others wrote to me. It was a tragedy shared not only in the common condemnation of every terrorist act, but in the feelings experienced regardless of nationality. I wish to thank all those I have not been able to reach in person. I wish to recall, in this moment of great pain for Italy and for Israel, the spirit of humanity which unites our peoples and which has led many Israeli citizens to believe that what has been done to Italy has been done to Israel.