There is no difficulty or distress in the world that can serve as an excuse or motive for yesterday’s stoning of a Palestinian youth.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Following the contemptible stoning of a Palestinian youth by Israelis in the Gaza Strip, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom issued the following statement:

The disengagement is a difficult process and as such is accompanied by differences of opinion and expressions of opposition. We can understand the pain of the residents of Gush Katif who, after 30 years and more of living in their homes, are faced with the undoing of their life’s work. Yet, despite the upheaval in their lives, the large majority of the residents of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip are law-abiding citizens.

However, there is no difficulty or distress in the world that can serve as an excuse or motive for yesterday’s stoning of a Palestinian youth.

The same moral code in whose name we appeal to the world when Israelis and Jews are attacked, obliges us now to condemn in the sharpest possible terms the crime carried out yesterday.
Foreign Minister Shalom instructed the Israeli missions throughout the world to condemn this event, not only as a diplomatic memorandum, but primarily as a supreme moral message.