White House 'Concerned' Over Ongoing Violence

White House spokesman urges Israelis and Palestinians to restore calm amid ongoing terrorism.

Ben Ariel ,

White House spokesman Josh Earnest
White House spokesman Josh Earnest

The White House on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the escalating violence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Speaking at a news briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest urged Israelis and Palestinians “to restore calm” after the recent attacks.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israelis and Palestinian civilians," Earnest said, according to the Reuters news agency.

"We call upon all parties to take affirmative steps to restore calm and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further inflame tensions in that region of the world," he added.

The comments come hours after an Arab terrorist injured at least one person in a knife attack on passersby outside Petah Tikvah's central mall, the third such stabbing attack in a single day Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, a female terrorist stabbed a Jewish man in the back in Jerusalem, before being shot and wounded by her victim.

In the early afternoon, an IDF soldier was moderately wounded when a terrorist stabbed him while stealing his weapon. The terrorist then hid in a nearby apartment and fired at police, who fired back and killed him.

Also on Wednesday, 38-year-old Ribi Lev-Ohayon of Tekoa in the Gush Etzion region of Judea just south of Jerusalem managed to escape an Arab lynch mob not far from her town. The Arab assailants rushed her car, hurling rocks and pulling her door open to kick and beat her, inflicting light wounds before she succeeded in closing the door and driving off.

Josh Hasten, a resident of Elazar in the Gush Etzion area of Judea and freelance journalist, was just a few cars behind Lev-Ohayon and told Arutz Sheva about how a mob of Arabs rushed his car as well, noting that if he hadn't fired a warning shot in the air they would have murdered him with cinder blocks and rocks.