The Elders are deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel.
They condemn in the strongest terms the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. They call on all parties to halt hostilities immediately.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chair of The Elders, said:
“This new outbreak of violence is heartbreaking – and all too familiar. Once again the people are paying an unacceptable price and innocent civilians in Gaza and Israel, including children, are losing their lives. There will be no peace for Israelis and Palestinians if the cycle of violence continues.”
The Elders call on the international community to adopt a fresh approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They welcome the Egyptian government’s efforts to broker a truce.