Britain, Germany Condemn Terrorist Attacks

Britain and Germany condemn Wednesday's terrorist attacks but also urge both sides to restore calm.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Jerusalem car terrorist attack
Jerusalem car terrorist attack
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Britain on Thursday condemned the two terrorist attacks that took place in Israel a day earlier.

In a statement, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond condemned the attacks, which he called “appalling”, adding, “My thoughts are with everyone affected.”

At the same time, Hammond also said he is “deeply concerned” by the tensions in the region

“Every Israeli and Palestinian has a right to live in peace and security. It is therefore vital that all those with influence now work together to restore calm,” he said.

The first attack on Wednesday was a car terror attack in Jerusalem, that occurred when a terrorist drove his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians at the Shimon Hatzadik light rail station, located just north of the Old City and not far from the Municipality building.

Hours later, three IDF soldiers were injured in a second terror attack in Gush Etzion.

The attacked occurred when a terrorist driving a Palestinian Arab commercial vehicle attempted to run over the soldiers as they were on duty near a guard stand outside of Kafr Al-Arub.

Another condemnation of the terrorist attacks was sounded by Germany on Thursday. Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, condemned the terrorist attacks but he, too said, that "politicians on both sides should now have the courage to work together to calm the situation with clear words and acts."

"Provocations from the ranks of both sides should be strongly confronted before they become a spiral of anger and revenge,” he stressed.

Britain and Germany’s condemnations follow that of the European Union (EU). Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative of Foreign Affairs, expressed concern for the victims and called for continued work toward a peace agreement.

Reiterating a common U.S. and EU request to practice restraint, Mogherini continued, "I expect all parties to act responsibly and show restraint, to not further inflame the already very tense situation. This is the only way to defeat the enemies of peace and guaranteeing security to all."

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, also addressed the tension in his condemnation following the attack, saying "That is not just a terrorist act and an ... atrocity, but it only makes matters worse. It only raises tensions."




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