The stabbing attack that killed two Israelis today in Tel Aviv, at the time of a prayer service, and the shooting attack in the West Bank that killed an Israeli, an American and a Palestinian and injured several others are both terrible and painful reminders of the volatile and violent reality on the ground.The statement does not take a guess as to who actually were the murderers. It doesn't name the victims. It looks like a boilerplate, written by a computer or a committee.
The EU extends its condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes a speedy recovery to all those injured.
Nothing can justify terrorism. Too many innocent people have died in this current wave of violence.
Today's attacks only highlight further the need for all sides to do their utmost to prevent further violence, and to take the necessary steps to restore a political perspective for the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Just for comparison, here was the EU statement after the firebombing of the Dawabeshe house:
The cold-blooded killing of Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsha, presumably by extremist settlers, is a tragic reminder of the dramatic situation in the region that highlights the urgent need for a political solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.There seems to be a difference in tone, no?
The EU extends its condolences to the Dawabsha family for their tragic loss and wishes a speedy recovery to the mother, father and the sibling of little Ali that were also injured in the arson attack in the village of Duma in the West Bank.
A full and prompt investigation to bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice is required. The Israeli authorities should also take resolute measures to protect the local population. We call for full accountability, effective law enforcement and zero tolerance for settler violence.
Acts like this terrible attack can easily lead to a spiral of violence and bring both sides further away from a negotiated solution. Restraint and calm on all sides are needed so that the already tense situation on the ground does not aggravate further.
The EU reiterates its strong opposition to Israel's settlement policy that seriously threatens the two state solution.
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