German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he was “deeply shocked” by the news from Jerusalem. “That houses of worship are become scenes for deadly attack on innocent believers is a terrible crossing of a line in an already extremely tense situation,” he says in Kiev.
“I was in Jerusalem only a few days ago and could feel how tense atmosphere there is,” Steimeier adds. “What has now happened is a tragedy. I hope that this is now also a loud wake-up call. The tensions can quickly lead to a violent outburst.”
Mixing the many unresolved issues in this region with “religious confrontation” gives this already serious conflict another dangerous dimension, he says.
— Raphael Ahren