The State Department on Monday condemned the latest terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, which left one mother of six dead and a pregnant woman moderately wounded.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks over the past two days against Israeli civilians,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement.
“We were appalled and deeply saddened by the death of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, who was attacked on Sunday in her own home. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and community. Today, a pregnant Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was stabbed in the West Bank. We wish her a full and complete recovery,” added Kirby.
“These horrific incidents underscore the importance of affirmative steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence,” the statement concluded.
The State Department statement came amid a spat between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro.
Shapiro condemned the two brutal stabbing attacks as "barbaric acts of terrorism," but then launched into a critique of Israel's policies concerning the communities in Judea and Samaria.
"We are concerned and perplexed by Israel's strategy on settlements," Shapiro stated. "This government and previous Israeli governments have repeatedly expressed support for a negotiated settlement that would involve mutual recognition and separation."
"Yet separation will become more and more difficult if Israel continues to expand settlements," he asserted, before also claiming that Israel selectively enforced the law against Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria.
Netanyahu later replied to Shapiro and said his remarks “are unacceptable and incorrect.”
"Israel enforces its laws equally against Israelis and Palestinians," said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.
The statement added that "the one responsible for the political deadlock is the Palestinian Authority who continues to incite [terror attacks] and refuses to negotiate."