The British government has joined numerous other countries who have spoken out in shock and condemnation at the deadly violence against Israelis carried out by Palestinian terrorists, including those linked to ISIS.
British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Thursday, “I am deeply saddened by another terrible terror attack in Israel today. My thoughts are with the Israeli people, especially those affected.”
“The UK condemns this horrifying and senseless violence,” she added.
I am deeply saddened by another terrible terror attack in Israel today. My thoughts are with the Israeli people, especially those affected.
The UK condemns this horrifying and senseless violence.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) March 29, 2022
Truss was joined by various other countries’ ministers, including the US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides who said, “No one should have to endure such heartbreak.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned in a tweet “the horrific terrorist attack today in Bnei Brak, the third terrorist attack in Israel in a week. We send our condolences to the families of the victims of these tragic attacks. May their memories be a blessing.”
The European Union joined in the condemnation with the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying the EU “strongly condemns the terror attack,” the “third such incident in one week. Attacks against civilians must stop. We stand with Israel at this difficult time. The EU remains firmly committed to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “such acts of violence must be condemned by all,” and that “in the spirit of the upcoming religious holy days,” there must be “an immediate end to violence, which only serves to undermine the prospects for peace.”
Jordan’s King Abdullah condemned the attack, as did Turkey, which has recently moved to repair its frayed diplomatic ties with Israel.
Surprisingly, PA President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare condemnation against the killing of Israelis, explaining that the deaths of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians would only lead to a deteriorating situation on the eve of Ramadan.
Sadly, Abbas’s words mean nothing when he continues to pay the very terrorists who carry out these deadly attacks.
Romania’s Foreign Ministry said that Romanians stood “in solidarity” with Israel.
Germany said that “all who hold positions of responsibility and exert influence must roundly condemn these attacks so that the violence does not escalate further.”
Italy, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Serbia, Hungary, India and Canada also issued statements along the lines of other countries.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, who by chance was visiting Israel at the time of the attacks, said that “it was shocking that terrorism was once again showing its ugly face,” and that his country “stands side by side with you. We are conducting this fight together.
“We want to see a strong and secure Israel,” Schallenberg said.
It is good to see that Israel’s allies (and others) are condemning this violence against Israeli civilians. There is no excuse for this violence and we hope these attacks are opening up the eyes of the world to the evil of the terrorist cause.
We must be clear about this. Palestinians and Israeli Arabs from ISIS carried out the first attacks, and they were celebrated by Palestinians. Then, Palestinians carried out the later attacks in exactly the same manner as the ISIS terrorists. They were also celebrated by the extremist Islamists. There is little difference between the Islamist extremism of these groups.
It is likely that these attacks will continue over the coming weeks. We must continue to stand with Israel in prayer and urge our government to do all it can to pressure the Palestinian leadership to stop funding this violence.
We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem is Israel's capital and move its embassy to Jerusalem.