Jordanian stabs Israeli police officer, shot dead

"Our positions against violence and terrorism are clear to everyone", Safadi says, adding that King Abdullah II is "invested in establishing security, peace and freedom for the Palestinians".

A Jordanian citizen stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, Israeli police said, the latest in a string of street attacks.

The Israeli officer was taken to hospital with "moderate" injuries in the walled Old City, police spokeswoman Louba Samri said in a statement.

Jordan called yesterday's killing a crime.

"Just as Israel condemns terrorist attacks in Jordan, Jordan should condemn attacks in Israel".

According to Ma'an documentation, the Palestinian was the 22nd to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year.

The Egyptian minister said there was momentum at this stage to push the peace process forward and revive peace talks in line with the 2002 peace deal, which offers Israel normal ties with the Arabs in return for withdrawal from territories it occupied in 1967.

In the same period, Israeli security forces and civilians killed at least 245 Palestinians amidst attacks or alleged attacks.

The attacks have diminished over time and Israeli police say the most recent attacks have not been ideological by nature and have mostly been carried out by Palestinians plagued by personal or mental health issues.

The comment by U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster came just nine days after a White House visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which Trump vowed to seek a historic peace deal but stopped short of explicitly recommitting to the eventual goal of Palestinian statehood, a longtime bedrock of USA policy.

Safadi, Shukri and Erekat affirmed their keenness to continue the dialogue and communication among each other and the rest of Arab countries, agreeing to meet again in Cairo and after that in Palestine.

  • Rogelio Becker