Once again, a cowardly attack has reminded us how far the Middle East conflict still is from a peaceful settlement.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s attack on Israeli police officers and security guards at an entrance to the Jewish settlement Har Adar in the occupied West Bank. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and we wish the man injured a speedy and full recovery.
We expect everyone in a position of responsibility on the Palestinian side to state clearly and unambiguously that they do not condone violence. Otherwise, there is a danger that the efforts to resume negotiations will fail.
It is especially important in the light of the forthcoming Jewish holiday that all sides actively seek to de-escalate the situation.
On Tuesday morning, a Palestinian fired shots at Israeli border police officers and guards from a private security company posted at the rear entrance of the Jewish settlement of Har Adar. The settlement is situated east of the Green Line in the occupied West Bank but west of the fence put up by Israel.
Three Israelis were killed and at least one other was injured. The attacker was shot dead.