Kerry to meet with Abbas and Netanyahu next week

Following Netanyahu visit to Washington, Kerry’s visit a “continuation of talks” held with Obama; Terror attacks resume in West Bank and Tel Aviv

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Jordan Wednesday (AFP)

Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel next week and is scheduled to meet with Prime Minster Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday. US envoy on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Frank Lowenstein arrived in Israel today in order to prepare for Kerry’s visit.

 

The Secretary of State’s visit comes just a few weeks following Kerry’s visit to Jordan where he met with Jordanian Kind Abdullah and Abbas amidst ongoing incitement and terror by Palestinians and tension over the Temple Mount/Al Aqsa Mosque.

 

Following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit with President Obama in Washington last week, Kerry’s visit is reported to be a “continuation of talks” held with the president, the visit to be focused on renewing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

Netanyahu stressed Israel’s commitment to returning to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority despite Abbas’s refusal, Netanyahu stating during his visit in Washington, “We haven’t given up our hope for peace. We remain committed to the two-state solution.”

 

Terror attacks resumed on Thursday afternoon and evening when a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed two Israelis in Tel Aviv outside of a synagogue Thursday afternoon, wounding at least two others. The terrorist, from a town near Hebron in the West Bank, was legally working in Israel, was arrested and is being interrogated by Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet.

Two hours following the terror attack in Tel Aviv, a reported 8-10 victims were injured and three were killed in two different combined shooting and car attacks at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank.

Initial reports are that one of the three killed was an 18-year old American, the second a 50-year old Israeli and the third a Palestinian.

The terrorist was taken into custody.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on the attacks, “The murderous terror has struck Gush Etzion and Tel Aviv. My heart is with the families of the murdered and I send my wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.Whoever condemned the attacks in France needs to condemn the attacks in Israel. It’s the same terror. Whoever does not do this is a hypocrite and blind.”