On the latest developments in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and in the West Bank

On the latest developments in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and in the West Bank

Bruxelles, 22/07/2017
Statements by the Spokesperson


Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and in the West Bank

The latest developments in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and in the West Bank pose a real risk of further escalation. Three Palestinians were killed during violent clashes with Israeli security forces yesterday. These incidents must be fully investigated. In a terror attack in the West Bank last night, three Israelis were murdered at their Shabbat dinner table by a young Palestinian. Nothing can justify such a despicable crime.  

It is now vital that all political, religious and community leaders act responsibly, restore calm and avoid any steps or rhetoric that could further increase tensions. Continued cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is crucially important to prevent further violence and loss of life.

We encourage Israel and Jordan to work together to find solutions that ensure security for all, respect the sanctity of the holy site and uphold the status quo, noting the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom as recognised in its peace treaty with Israel.