.- The Vatican Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said this morning that "the Holy See joins the international community in deploring" the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and spiritual leader of the Palestinean radical group "Hamas," and said that the Israeli attack is "unjustifiable in any State of law."
âThe position and the sentiments of the Holy See -the spokesman also said- are clearly expressed in the Holy Fatherâs words to the diplomatic corps last January 12 when he repeated âto the leaders of these two peoples (Israelis and Palestinians): the choice of arms, the recourse on the one hand to terrorism and on the other to vendettas, humiliating oneâs adversary, and rancorous propaganda, lead nowhere. Only respect for the legitimate aspirations of each other, a return to the negotiating table and a concrete commitment by the international community can lead to the start of a solutionâ.
âAuthentic and lasting peace can never be the fruit of a mere show of strength: âabove all it is the fruit of moral and juridical actionâ"
Yassin was killed in a missile attack by an Israeli helicopter early on Sunday as he left a mosque following morning prayers.