Washington, D. C : President Barack Obama said on Friday that he was very concerned about the outbreak of violence in Israel. He added that it was important for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to ‘tamp down’ rhetoric that can aggravate the situation. Obama said – We condemn in the strongest possible terms violence directed against innocent people.’
Violence in West Bank and Gaza Strip continued on Friday resulting in two Palestinians getting killed by Israeli fire in clashes with security forces, and an Israeli soldier being stabbed and wounded by an assailant who presented himself as a press photographer outside Hebron. Additionally, during the early hours of Friday, a Palestinian mob threw firebombs at the Joseph’s Tomb compound in Nablus. Palestinian security forces built up a cordon-off and suceded in dispersing the rioters. this was followed by the top leader making a statement – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later condemned the attack, called an investigation into the incident and assured that Palestinian Authority would repair the Jewish shrine.
Meanwhile, Israel expressed its concerns over the rising unstable situation, wherein Israel’s new ambassador to UN, Danny Danon, said that Israel strictly objected to any international involvement or interference on the Temple Mount. A Security Council meeting got scheduled for discussing snd sorting out the unrest arising ue to escalation in Jerusalem. Israel anbassador Danon took the opportunity and held a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, just few minutes before the start of a Security Council meeting, and said, there was no need for another general discussion on the situation, but it was important and need of the moment to hold an emergency session on stopping Palestinian incitement, which got spearheaded by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
East Jerusalem’s leading role in terror attacks caught Israel off guard, and US President’s strong words of condemnation made both Israel and Palestine clarify their position. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scheduled to meet in Berlin next week to discuss the ongoing escalation in Jerusalem. However, Kerry has moved out of US for a European visit that will last several days, and speculations are on the rise as to whether Kerry would hold a similar meeting with Abbas and iron out matters.