US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is now holding talks in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The meeting comes amid escalated Israeli-Palestinian tensions, following a deadly military raid in Jenin last week during which nine Palestinians died in gun battles with Israeli forces, and one more days later. The IDF said Thursday’s operation was necessary to stop imminent attack plans by an Islamic Jihad cell that readied explosives and weapons.
A day later, a Palestinian terrorist shot dead seven Israelis in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood, the most deadly such attack since 2011. And on Saturday, a 13-year-old Palestinian shot two Israelis near the Old City in Jerusalem, seriously wounding two of them.