Palestinians hope for settlement curb if peace talks resume

JERUSALEm: A Jordanian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli officer in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday before being shot dead, police said.

Israeli daily Haaretz said an officer, in his late thirties, was injured and was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, after suffering moderate wounds, but remained fully conscious and in a stable condition, and later confirmed his death.

The Israeli police said the policeman was moderately wounded and transferred to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem.

Sunday's statement from Netanyahu's office came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump is still assessing the impact of the potential move.

Palestinian shop owners in the Old City told Ma'an News Agency that immediately after incident, Israeli forces stormed their shops, forcibly removed their customers, and forced them to shut down. President Trump will arrive in Israel fresh from a visit to Saudi Arabia where representatives of much of the Arab world will assemble and hear of the U.S. friendship and support.

National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster referenced "self-determination" for the Palestinians this week, suggesting that the administration supports the two-state solution.

During a joint press conference following the meeting, in which the officials reiterated the principles they agreed on in their meeting, the foreign minister highlighted the three countries' commitment to achieving peace as a strategic option, as all Arab states have reaffirmed in the Arab Peace Initiative during the 28th Arab summit recently held in Jordan.

Israel has blamed the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites.

"He wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine", the secretary continued.

Most of the Palestinians were killed after alleged stabbing or auto ramming attack but a large number were also killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes or army raids in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority is based in the West Bank, which has been under Israeli occupation since 1967.

  • Rogelio Becker