The Secretary-General condemns the killing in today's attack of Palestinian civilians, including a mother and her three-year-old daughter. He calls again on the Government of Israel to desist from the disproportionate use of force, especially in densely populated areas.
The Secretary-General believes that Israelis and Palestinians face a stark choice. Either they follow the Road Map that leads to the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security; or they take the low road that spirals down into an endless cycle of violence, counter-violence and revenge. Events of the past few days illustrate in graphic form the consequences of the latter course. The Secretary-General therefore urges the leaders on both sides to show the wisdom, courage and restraint needed to commit themselves to implementing the Road Map, as part of the search for a just, lasting and comprehensive settlement in the Middle East.