Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the current situation of Israel and the Palestinian Territories
April 18, 2008
- The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the escalation
of violence in the Gaza Strip and the southern part of Israel again. Japan strongly
deplores the fact that the Israeli and Palestinian civilians are falling victim
to the violence, and expresses its deepest condolences to their bereaved families.
- The Government of Japan condemns the Palestinian militants’
rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and their attack at the Nahal Oz fuel terminal
which caused the death of Israeli civilians. Those attacks inflict damages on
the daily lives of the residents in the Gaza Strip as well. Japan also condemns
the Israeli military operations that have been causing the deaths and injuries
of many civilians. The Government of Japan calls on the Palestinian militants
to immediately halt the attacks, and on the Israeli government to exercise its
utmost self-restraint to avoid any other damage on civilians as well as further
deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in order not to
undermine the current peace process.
- Despite the difficult circumstances, the Government of Japan will continue supporting, to the greatest extent possible, the efforts towards the promotion of the Middle East Peace Process. The Government of Japan urges both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to take necessary measures which will prevent the deterioration of the situation and to continue the peace negotiations towards the achievement of the peace.