Washington, Tutu speak out on Israeli-Palestinian violence
Desmond Tutu has described the violence between Israel and Palestine over the past few days as "childish" (File Archive)
Click here to add Agence France as an alert
Disable alert for Agence France,
Click here to add Benjamin Netanyahu as an alert
Disable alert for Benjamin Netanyahu,
Click here to add Department of State as an alert
Disable alert for Department of State,
Click here to add Desmond Tutu as an alert
Disable alert for Desmond Tutu,
Click here to add Gaza as an alert
Disable alert for Gaza,
Click here to add Hamas as an alert
Disable alert for Hamas,
Click here to add Jen Psaki as an alert
Disable alert for Jen Psaki,
Click here to add John Kerry as an alert
Disable alert for John Kerry,
Click here to add Mahmoud Abbas as an alert
Disable alert for Mahmoud Abbas,
Click here to add Reuters as an alert
Disable alert for Reuters,
Click here to add Washington as an alert
Disable alert for Washington
Washington urged Israel and Palestinian leadership to de-escalate tensions Wednesday while other world leaders described the airstrike exchanges as "childish," according to Reuters and Agence France Presse.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Reuters and other reporters in a briefing that Washington is "concerned about the safety and security of civilians on both sides and are encouraging all sides to de-escalate the situation."
According to Psaki, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talked with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the situation and was planning to call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well that same day.
Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu also weighed in on the strikes Wednesday, describing Israeli and Palestinian leadership as "childish" for using what he described as "tit-for-tat violence."
"Once again, the people of Israel and Palestine are embroiled in a deadly contest of tit-for-tat violence in which there can never be vctors, only losers. Like children following a playground dust-up, political and religious leaders fall over each other, not to make peace, but to proclaim: It wasn't us, they started it," the South African leader told AFP.
"The world is looking to Israelis and Palestinians to be bigger than themselves; to act now, before any more children are harmed," Tutu added.
Dozens of Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza over the past week and Hamas' retaliatory rockets into Israel have also created alarm and threat to civilians, including women and children.
- Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators Head for Washington in Efforts to Revive Peace Talks
- Shahak Withdraws from Israeli-Palestinian Meeting with CIA in Cairo
- Albright Says Israelis, Palestinians 'Wanted to Come to Washington'
- Washington Calls on Israel, Palestinians and Arab Leaders to Avoid Violence
- Israeli-Palestinian Violence Flares Again as Barak Blames Arafat