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Situation in Israel and Palestine

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Published on Oct 30, 2015

Let us be clear here that the lone-wolf attacks being committed by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians are terrorist attacks. We must uphold the right of Israel to defend itself against such attacks and the rights of Israel in respect of the fact that the perpetrators are responsible for them, and not in any way able to claim this is a legitimate attack on innocent civilians. They are jihadi extremists espousing an ideology that is inspiring the actions of more, unfortunately.

As US Secretary Kerry speaks of the possibility of a third Intifada now and with the increasing exchange of rocket attacks within Israel and the West Bank, the situation is looking ever more fragile. De-escalating tensions is vital and the international community must reassert the need for a return to peace talks, particularly the Arab peace initiative put forward in 2002, as the best item on the table as we speak. So I commend the High Representative’s idea of inviting all sides to talks under the Middle East Quartet mandate. Furthermore, concluding the Middle East peace process with a viable two-state solution would be a huge step in defeating the poisonous ideology espoused by ISIS that is also ravaging the region.

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