Blinken meets with Netanyahu amid Israeli-Palestinian violence

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived successful Israel astatine what helium called a "pivotal moment," during a surge successful Israeli-Palestinian unit successful the archetypal weeks of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new far-right government. 

"It's the work of everyone to instrumentality steps to calm tensions alternatively than inflame them, to enactment toward a time erstwhile radical nary longer consciousness acrophobic successful their communities, successful their homes and their places of worship. That is the lone mode to halt the rising tide of unit that has taken excessively galore lives, excessively galore Israelis, excessively galore Palestinians," Blinken said. 

The latest unit erupted aft months of Israeli raids successful the West Bank following a bid of Palestinian attacks past spring. Israeli forces raided a militant stronghold successful the West Bank municipality of Jenin Thursday. 10 Palestinians were killed including 8 militants and 2 civilians. 

The Palestinian Authority suspended information practice with Israel. The adjacent evening, a Palestinian gunman killed 7 Israeli civilians extracurricular a synagogue successful Jerusalem, earlier constabulary fatally changeable him. 

Israeli constabulary sealed disconnected the gunman’s Jerusalem home. 

Israel, Gaza fighters commercialized   occurrence  aft  deadly West Bank raid

Israel, Gaza fighters commercialized occurrence aft deadly West Bank raid

The flare-up successful unit casts a shadiness connected U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's expected travel to the portion adjacent week.


And the National Security Minister ordered the demolition of illegally built Palestinian homes successful East Jerusalem successful effect to the attack. 

Blinken warned against escalating reactions. 

"Calls for vengeance against much guiltless victims are not the answer. And acts of retaliatory unit against civilians are ne'er justified," Blinken said. 

After a gathering with Netanyahu, Blinken underscored Washington’s enactment of a two-state solution to resoluteness the conflict. 

Talks connected that stalled successful 2014, and members of Netanyahu’s existent furniture cull it. Netanyahu referred to the Abraham accords, which normalized diplomatic relations betwixt Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain arsenic a pathway to peace. 

"I besides judge that expanding the ellipse of peace, moving to adjacent yet the record of the Arab-Israeli struggle I deliberation would besides assistance america execute a workable solution with our Palestinian neighbors," Netanyahu said. 

Blinken is acceptable to conscionable with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday.