Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Suicide Bombing in Netanya in Central Israel

December 5, 2005

  1. Japan strongly condemns the suicide bombing by a Palestinian extremist which occurred on December 5 in Netanya in central Israel. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. Japan expresses its condolences to the bereaved families as well as deepest sympathy for the many who were injured.
  2. This act of terrorism comes at a time when the concerned parties, in particular the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority officials, are making serious efforts for the reconstruction of the Palestinian economy such as the reopening of the Rafah Crossing on November 25. This terrorist act thus constitutes a serious challenge to such peace efforts.
  3. Japan urges the Palestinian Authority to make its utmost effort to control the extremists according to the Roadmap and, also, calls on the Israeli Government to exercise its self-restraint in dealing with this incident so that this terrorist incident will not ruin the achievements of peace efforts so far made by the two sides.

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