A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (14 July) on the attack in the Old Town of Jerusalem this morning in which two Israeli police officers were killed and a third injured:
We were deeply shocked by today’s attack on Israeli border police officers at the Lions’ Gate in the Old Town of Jerusalem. We share the grief of the families of the officers who were killed in the attack and wish the injured officer a swift and complete recovery.
We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms. It is the worst attack in years to be carried out in the immediate vicinity of the religious sites on Haram al‑Sharif/Temple Mount and is all the more despicable for casting a dark cloud over the peaceful coexistence between worshippers of all three major monotheistic world religions in Jerusalem.
There can be no justification whatsoever for violence and terror. Everyone must now do what they can to play their part in preventing escalation.