Jordanian stabs Israeli officer in Jerusalem, shot dead

Tammy Harvey
May 16, 2017

Just days ahead of President Donald Trump's Middle East trip, the Palestinian envoy to the United States said any new Israeli-Palestinian peace push must be based on a two-state solution but that the us administration had yet to present an actual plan for reviving negotiations.

"A 57-year old visitor from Jordan had been in Israel for a week before he launched a knife attack on an Israeli policeman near the Old City of Jerusalem's Lions" Gate on Saturday.

In Israel's latest diplomatic spat, officials summoned Carl Magnus Nesser, Sweden's ambassador to Tel Aviv, to express their "disappointment" after Sweden became the only European Union country to vote for the resolution.

The comments are the latest in a series of statements by USA officials that have created sudden friction between Israel and the United States in advance of Trump's visit to Jerusalem next Monday.

"The statement that the Western Wall is on territory in the West Bank was astonishing", an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Monday.

Israeli daily Haaretz described the conflicting comments as "the first public disagreement" between Netanyahu's government and the Trump administration.

Abbas said that he had a very successful meeting with US President Donald Trump last month and has also met his German and Russian counterparts Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vladimir Putin respectively and discussed the issue.

"I've come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, straight from the airport", he said.

An official at the Prime Minister's Office confirmed the report, telling the Times of Israel that Israeli officials were "shocked" by the comments and had asked the Trump administration about the incident. "I prayed for the president, I wished him success especially on his upcoming trip".

"The President has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine", Tillerson said.

While welcoming Trump's promise to pursue what he has called the "ultimate deal", Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Authority's new chief representative in Washington, insisted on Monday that any final agreement would have to satisfy the "legitimate aspirations" of the Palestinian people for a state of their own.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised eyebrows when he spoke of "a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine".

India can play "a very important role" in resolving the dispute between Palestine and Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said today, on the eve of his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

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