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The continuing deadly violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, claiming lives of several people and injuring many more, poses a real risk of further escalation. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
It is now vital that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas show leadership to promote calm, encourage restraint and avoid actions which further fuel tensions. The cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to de-escalate the situation and to restore order is crucially important.
The perpetrators of the recent terror attacks against Israelis must be brought to justice.
The Israeli as well as the Palestinian people have the right to live in security.
It is also imperative that Security Forces at all times prevent the loss of life. Israel must conduct a thorough investigation on the circumstances which have led to the death of Palestinians at the hand of Israeli Security Forces.
I reiterate the EU's position that the status quo on the holy sites must not be altered.
The way to tackle the violence and unrest is for both sides to move quickly to restart a credible political process. The immediate priority is for the parties to agree on substantial steps which improve the situation on the ground and build a path back to final status negotiations.
Ultimately, a negotiated two state solution is the only way to bring the lasting peace and security that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve.