As White House Strongly Condemns Attacks, U.N. Chief Calls on Israel to Review If They Used ‘Excessive Force’

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The Obama administration issued a strong condemnation of Palestinian incitement and assaults against Israeli civilians and soldiers after a particularly bloody day of violence.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday “the U.S. condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks, the recent terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians which resulted in the murder of three Israelis and left numerous others wounded.” He said the U.S. stresses the “importance of condemning violence and combating incitement.”

Earnest added that the administration is “deeply concerned” about the escalating violence and urges all sides to restore calm.

In contrast, AFP reported that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Tuesday to carry out a “serious review” on whether its security forces are resorting to “excessive force.”

Ban finds “the apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces” to be “troubling,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters as a wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis continued unabated.