Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin
Rabbi Eitam and Naama HenkinCourtesy of the family

Britain on Friday condemned the shooting attack in Samaria in which Rabbi Eitam Henkin and Naama Henkin were murdered, saying such attacks “undermine peace”.

Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, said the UK “strongly condemns the fatal shooting” and added, “My thoughts are with the victims’ family.”

“Violent attacks of this nature only undermine the cause of peace. We urge all sides to promote calm, to avoid escalating tensions, and to work together to ensure those responsible are brought to justice,” said Ellwood.

Earlier, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini released a condolence statement over the horrific murders as well, but not without calling on both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to impose "calm" despite the crime.

"Today we mourn once again the loss of human lives," Mogherini said. "The killing of an Israeli couple has left four young children orphaned and, once again, civilians have been targeted so as to cause terrible suffering and to try to undermine any possibility of a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

"The EU expresses its condolences to the Henkin family," she continued. "The perpetrators of this act must be brought to justice."

Mogherini warned, however, that "restraint and calm" are needed despite the terror.

"Even in the face of such a crime, restraint and calm are needed on all sides to ensure that the violence witnessed yesterday and in recent months does not aggravate the situation further," she said. "On the contrary, the continuing loss of life highlights once more the necessity for a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

The Palestinian Authority’s own ruling Fatah party has claimed responsibility for Thursday's murder, with a senior Fatah official openly taking creditfor the attack on the two Israeli civilians.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)