US condemns settler rampages in West Bank towns, new settlement homes decision

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Smoke rises from the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Smoke rises from the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

The United States condemns today’s rampages by settlers against Palestinian villages in the West Bank following yesterday’s terror shooting that left four Israelis dead.

“We condemn these violent acts and also extend our condolences to the families of those affected,” State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel says at the top of a press briefing during which he also reiterated the US condemnation of the Tuesday terror attack.

“Accountability and justice should be pursued with equal rigor in all cases of extremist violence,” Patel says, using the same talking point employed by the Biden administration after the settler rampage in Hawara four months ago.

Arrests in that attack were limited and no indictments have been made.

No arrests have been made in the past two days of settler attacks either.

“We welcome the IDF condemnation of these acts and expect the Israeli government to ensure full accountability and legal prosecution for those responsible for these attacks in addition to compensation for lost homes and property,” Patel says.

The US also condemns Israel’s decision to build 1,000 new settlement homes in response to yesterday’s terror shooting, saying it will further “incite tensions” with the Palestinians.

“Unilateral actions such as this one — such as settlement advancement — will only incite tensions and undermine the prospect of a two-state solution,” Patel says.

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