Netanyahu compares Oregon shooting to West Bank violence

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a meeting on October 2, 2015 in New York (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur )
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a meeting on October 2, 2015 in New York (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur )

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said his country and the United States were united in grief over the Oregon shooting and the double murder of Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Netanyahu drew the comparison at the start of a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

"Today, Israel and America are united in grief," Netanyahu said.

A Jewish settler couple was shot in front of their young children on Thursday during an apparent drive-by attack in the West Bank that was condemned by the United States.

On the same day, nine people were gunned down at a community college in Oregon by a heavily-armed 26-year-old, the latest in a string of US school shootings.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the Israelis who have been lost, but our hearts also go out to the people in Oregon too, where we've had our own violence in our country," said Kerry.

Holding his first meeting with Netanyahu in months, Kerry said he wanted to talk about "violence -- too much, particularly in your part of the world."