The recent situation in Gaza
(Statement by Press Secretary Norio Maruyama)
1. Japan strongly condemns the firing of rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel, and is deeply concerned about the rise of tension in Gaza and the surrounding areas.
2. Japan firmly believes that the issues facing the two parties, Israel and Palestine, cannot by any means be resolved by violence, and that they can be resolved only through efforts of both sides to build mutual trust and through negotiations between them. Japan urges all parties concerned to exert their maximum efforts toward resuming the peace negotiations.