US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Germany, calling for an immediate end to “all incitement” and “violence” against the Palestinians.
“It is absolutely critical to end all incitement, to end all violence and to find a road forward to build the possibility, which is not there today, for a larger process,” Kerry said on Thursday.
“Today, we, you and I, can rekindle that process,” Kerry told Netanyahu. “We’ve been at this, we know each other well, I believe we have the ability to make a difference.”
Kerry said he had spoken on the phone with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who wants “this to de-escalate.”
The top diplomat said the meeting was “very important to settle on the steps that can be taken beyond the condemnation and beyond the rhetoric” to end the violence.
“So, let’s go to work and see what we can do,” said Kerry, who will also hold talks with Abbas at the end of the week.
The latest wave of Israeli-Palestinian clashes began when Tel Aviv restricted the entry of some Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque on August 26.
Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers. The clashes were exacerbated by settler violence.
According to Palestinian sources, Israeli troops have killed 54 Palestinians and injured hundreds since October 1. Eight Israelis have also died in the same time period.