Victim was Cousin of Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor
The Israel Project
May 24, 2006
Washington, D.C. – The family of Daniel Wultz, the Florida teen who died from his injuries following an attack last month in Israel by an Iran-backed Palestinian suicide bomber, were the guests of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as he addressed a joint session of Congress Wednesday.
Wultz’s parents, Tuly and Sheryl Wultz, and his sister Amanda Wultz, 19, sat with the prime minister’s wife Aliza during the speech. The Wultz’s traveled to Washington from Weston, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. Sheryl Wultz is a cousin of Congressman Eric Cantor, R-Va., who is House chief deputy majority whip.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” said the prime minister, gesturing towards the Wultz family. “I bring Galila’s memory, Daniel’s memory, and the loss of so many others to my new post as prime minister,” added Prime Minister Olmert, referring also to a 12-year-old terror victim killed by a suicide bomber.
Prime Minister Olmert called on both the Palestinians and Arab countries to put an end to the culture of hate, in which children are encouraged to become suicide bombers.
“I ask of the Palestinians: How can a child growing up in a culture of hate dream of the possibility of peace? It is so important that all schools and all educational institutions in the region teach our children to be hate-free. The key to a true lasting peace in the Middle East is in the education of the next generation. So let us today call out to all peoples of the Middle East: replace the culture of hate with an outlook of hope.”
During the past six years, the prime minister said, more than 20,000 attacks have been attempted against Israelis, and “those which have succeeded have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians…and the injury of thousands – many of them children guilty only of being in what proved to be the wrong place at the wrong time.”
In Wultz’s case, the mother of 21-year-old suicide bomber Samir Hammad rejoiced in the carnage her son carried out and said she would be proud if her other sons did the same.
Wultz, 16, was with his father when a suicide bomber detonated 30 pounds of explosives at a restaurant in Tel Aviv. The blast pitched Daniel’s body into his father’s hands. A total of 11 people, including Wultz, were killed as a result of the attack; Wultz, the most recent casualty, died May 14. More than 60 others were injured, including Tuly Wultz, who suffered leg injuries.
Wultz was being treated at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, where he lapsed into a coma and ultimately died of organ failure.  The family had traveled to Israel for the Passover holiday and to visit Daniel’s grandparents.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group that receives $2 million annually from Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack. The Hamas-led Palestinian Authority condoned the attack as legitimate despite calls by the international community to denounce it.