U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro strongly condemned the Hamas terror attack in Jerusalem in an interview Wednesday at the Ynet studio — but he balanced the condemnation with a call for Israel to show restraint, as well as the rioting and murdering terrorists.

“I want to strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which one person was murdered and several others were wounded,” the ambassador said. “I offer condolences on my own behalf, on behalf of the government to the family of the man who was killed, and my wishes for recovery for the wounded.”

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A ranking Border Patrol officer, Chief Inspector Jadan Assad, of the Druze village of Beit J’an in northern Israel, fell in the line of duty while protecting other Israelis today. He leaves a pregnant wife and a three-year-old child. Three other Border Patrol police officers were wounded in the attack, along with 10 other people.

“It’s a very tense time in Jerusalem, especially around the holy sites,” Shapiro noted.

“We think this is a time when we’re calling on everyone to act with restraint, to lower the tensions, not to engage in provocations, either word or deed, and to make very clear that violence is never acceptable.

“That’s the leadership that’s needed right now to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in Jerusalem, and we’re working with all sides to try to achieve that,” Shapiro added.

He added that he did not see any major change or significant difference emerging from Tuesday’s national elections in the U.S. vis a vis the country’s policy towards Israel.

Although most of the interview was conducted in English, the last few remarks were expressed in Hebrew.

“Both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry still believe that the main interest of Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S. is to reach a situation of two states for two peoples,” he said in Hebrew.

“Obviously there is disappointment due to the failed negotiations, but new efforts will be made; I don’t know when or how.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

61 COMMENTS

  1. I ABSOLUTELY DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU AND YOUR ADMINISTRATION HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US INNOCENT ISRAELIS,BEING TERRORIZED & MURDERED BY ARAB TERRORISTS.IT IS THESE TERRORISTS THAT HAVE TO BE REPRIMANDED FOR MURDERING INNOCENT ISRAELIS AND IT IS THEY AND YOUR ADMINISTRATION THAT STILL DREAMS THAT THEY WANT PEACE,THAT HAVE TO BE RESTRAINED WHILE ALL THIS TERRORISM IN JERUSALEM IS ONGOING.SHAME ON YOU!

  2. How many cheeks do we have to turn. Disgusting for not being able to name them by what they are…and Israel HAS to rebuilt GAZA, why? so that they will destroy it again? They will never learn as there has never been any education, like respect and love thy neighbor. Enough…and goodnight!

  3. Mr. Ambassador, I remember very vividly how the US reacted to atab provacation. The US is still fighting a war which has endured for 10 years due to a provocation.
    Now the US has bombed the s… out of ISIS due to provocations.Advice is cheap and in this case pure stupidity.Perhaps the POTUS was too busy swallowing the election results and has no time to be told of the variety of PROVOCATIONS by the terrorists in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, that city which seemingfly is not in ISRAEL.
    It's too bad that you Mr. Amb. feel you must echo the hatred of your POTUS and the US State Dept.

  4. Always they tell Israel to show restraint….The US Ambassador needs to open his eyes and see Palestinians have opened up a new form of terrorist warfare on Israel and any acts in the form of passive restraints won’t put a stop to it….that only encourages those terrorist to move forward …I say Israel needs to open up the Punisher on each of these drivers and accomplices…hunt them down one by one and solve the problem making the statement this form of terrorism will not be tolerated…..but hey, that’s just me!

  5. i 4 i – Whatever Jews/Israel does, we will not be liked so better to be hated for being strong than be looked upon as weak and inept – Clean house and to blazes with what people say – Obama has turned his back on Israel so do what is necessary and expected, reprisal and Shapiro can sleep easy knowing he "said the right thing to keep his job."

  6. The two states 'solution' will never be…..taking into account the mindset of
    Hamas and Palestinians whose sole and insane goal is to wipe out
    Israel from the map—with no trace of the people.
    Peace may reign in these lands only with weaponless Hamas and Palestinians live on the land.
    It appears that Israel shall not perished from the earth…no matter what.
    Her foes are doomed by the Living God !
    Believe it or not !

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