Kerry to Travel Israel to 'Calm Violence'

Secretary of State announces he will travel to the region to try to calm violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

Elad Benari,

Kerry and Netanyahu (archive)
Kerry and Netanyahu (archive)
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After earlier having condemned the latest terror wave in Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he will travel to the region soon to try to calm violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

"I will go there soon, at some point appropriately, and try to work to reengage and see if we can't move that away from this precipice," Kerry was quoted by Reuters as having told an audience at an event sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Kerry said the United States' goal for the region, the two-state solution, "could conceivably be stolen from everybody" if violence in the region were to spiral out of control.

"You have this violence because there's a frustration that is growing and a frustration among Israelis who don't see any movement," Kerry said, according to Reuters. "We have another 16 months in this administration and I can assure you that we're going stay engaged and work thorough these issues, because there are options."

Two Israelis were killed on Tuesday as two terrorists attacked passengers with knives and a gun on a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. 

In a separate attack, also in Jerusalem, another Israeli was killed when an Arab terrorist and Bezeq employee drove his company car into a crowd of Jews at a bus stop then jumped out with a knife.

Five other Israelis were also wounded in two stabbing attacks in Ra'anana, a city in the Sharon region north of Tel Aviv. 

Kerry had earlier condemned “in the strongest terms possible” the terrorist attacks in Israel, calling on both sides to restore calm and “avoid provocative statements.”

He previously spoke separately with both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and urged them both to take “affirmative steps to reduce tensions”, a hint that Washington considered both sides to be equally responsible for the attacks.

Kerry and Netanyahu met in New York earlier this month, a day after the brutal murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

During that meeting, Netanyahu expressed his disappointment over the fact that Abbas had failed to condemn Palestinian Arab terror attacks.




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