Middle East: Statement by the Spokespersons of the Foreign Ministries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain
Statement by the Spokespersons of the Foreign Ministries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain
We are highly alarmed by the ongoing tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. In 2022, more than 120 Palestinians and over 20 Israelis have been killed; many more have been wounded. We also see with great concern the rise of violence, including from settlers. Against this backdrop, it is now paramount to avoid further escalation. We thus urge all parties to refrain from any provocations and unilateral actions, to actively reduce tension and to restore calm.
Israel has the right to defend itself against armed attacks and to hold perpetrators accountable. In so doing it must respect the principles of international law and international humanitarian law. Palestinian security control in area A must be facilitated and effective security coordination restored.
The current tensions are a dire reminder of the necessity of resuming political efforts to achieve the Two-State solution, the only solution to permanently guarantee Israelis and Palestinians a life in peace and security.