Australian FM statement on violence in Israel, Gaza and West Bank

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian Government is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank and unequivocally calls on all leaders to take immediate steps to halt violence, maintain restraint, and restore calm.

We also call on all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that destabilise peace.

Violence is no solution. Rocket attacks and indiscriminate acts that fuel the cycle of violence and bloodshed are never justified.

Respect for law and order is paramount, and we urge all parties to refrain from violent or provocative acts. We call for a halt to actions that increase tensions, including land appropriations, forced evictions, demolitions and settlement activity.

The focus of all parties to the conflict must be on a return to direct and genuine peace negotiations as soon as possible, with a view to defining a just, durable, and resilient peace agreement.

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