Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the recent situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

October 31, 2011

1. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the situation in which rocket attacks by Palestinian militants against Israel, and Israel’s military operations, have caused death and injuries among civilians in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

2. Japan sends condolences to the bereaved families, and calls upon both Israel and Palestinian militants to exercise maximum self-restraint and avoid further death and injuries.

3. Japan is convinced that the problems people in the Middle East face can never be solved through violence but only through negotiations and efforts to build mutual trust among the parties to the conflict. Japan strongly hopes that all parties concerned will make their utmost efforts to that end.

*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.