THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESS SECRETARY STATEMENT ON THE HAMAS TERRORIST GROUP KIDNAPPING
President Clinton strongly condemns the cruel and cowardly abduction of Israeli Cpl. Nachshon Waxman by the violent terrorist group Hamas.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher has discussed the issue with Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat, and offered American assistance. The president expects Chairman Arafat to do all in his power to ensure Cpl. Waxman's safe return to his family.
The United States government will continue to work closely with the Israeli government and the Palestine authorities until Cpl. Waxman is returned unharmed.
The president shares the anguish and grief of the Waxman family and conveys the sympathy and prayers of the American people for his safe and speedy return.