US denounces terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians

Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) The US has condemned “in the strongest terms possible” Tuesday’s terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians that have resulted in the killing of three people.

“The situation is too volatile, too dangerous, and it is not going to lead to the outcome that people want, which is to have a peaceful resolution of the differences,” Xinhua quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry as saying at a press conference on Tuesday after the annual Australia-US ministerial consultations.

Three Israelis were killed and at least 15 others were injured in a series of attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel on Tuesday, in the gravest outbreak of Palestinian violence since the current round of unrest started.

The recent violence broke out last month with clashes at east Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound and quickly spread throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Kerry called on all persons of responsibility to condemn the violence on either side, and to avoid provocative statements that can inflame tensions even further.

At a regular press briefing on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest reiterated the US policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it is “the most effective way” to address the issue.

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