|The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., condemned in the strongest terms the weekend bomb attack in Tel Aviv in which five people were killed. He expressed his sympathies to those injured in the blast and to the families of those who died or were injured.
The Minister said that “such violence is particularly distressing at a time when the peace process is beginning to give rise to renewed hope to the people of the region. Violence has brought nothing but suffering to Palestinians and Israelis alike. A just and lasting peace is the only basis on which Palestinians and Israelis can live in security and prosperity. This requires compromise on all sides. Leaders with the courage to make compromises in the cause of a just and lasting peace deserve the support of their people and the international community”.
Mr. Ahern called on all groups to cease violence and all governments to cease support for violence and incitement. He appealed to the Israeli Government not to allow those who carried out and supported this atrocity to succeed in their objective, which is to provoke Israel and to try and divert it from the path to peace.