Delegation of the European Union to Israel

Statement by HRVP Federica Mogherini on this morning's attack in the Har Nof synagogue

Bruxelles, 18/11/2014 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 141118_01
Statements by the HR/VP

The attack in the Har Nof synagogue this morning killing at least 4 people can only harm any step forward towards peace.

It is an act of terror against worshipers at morning prayers and is condemnable by all means.

I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.
I call on all leaders in the region to work together and do their utmost to immediately calm down the situation and prevent further escalation. I invite all sides to refrain from any action that would worsen the situation by way of incitement, provocation, use of force or retaliation. I utterly condemn all statements calling for or praising such attacks. 
The lack of progress towards the two-State solution will systematically ensure the next round of violence. The time has come for both sides to make compromises, promote stability and ensure long-term security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The absence of a credible political framework is used instrumentally and leads to further hardening of ideological and religious stands. It is the responsibility of both parties, with the help of the international community, to urgently work on resuming the talks.