File photo: Israeli settler opens fire on Palestinian area.

Kerry: I am not going to point fingers from afar at who’s responsible for violence

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that he does not intend to blame Israel or the Palestinians for the recent wave of violence.

According Haaretz  news paper  Kerry said “I am not going to point fingers [at the culprits] from afar,” Kerry said at a press conference in Washington. “This is a revolving cycle that damages the future for everybody… but when I see violence like the killing of three innocent Israelis I am going to condemn it – like we condemned the settler violence against a Palestinian family [in the village of Douma].”

Kerry condemned Tuesday’s terror attacks “in the strongest terms possible.” “This violence and any incitement has got to stop,” he said.

According to Kerry, the current situation is “too dangerous” and does not lead to a peaceful solution. Every responsible person, he said, “should condemn violence and refrain from provocative actions.”

Kerry also stressed President Barack Obama’s “deep concern… about the escalating tensions. All side should take steps to restore calm.”

Earlier Tuesday, U.S. State Department Spokesman John Kirby condemned the terror attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, which resulted in the murder of three Israelis and left numerous others wounded,” he said. “We mourn any loss of innocent life, Israeli or Palestinian.”

Kirby added that the U.S. sees great importance in condemning violence and battling incitement. “We are in regular contact with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “We remain deeply concerned about escalating tensions and urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and prevent actions that would further escalate tensions.”