U.S.-Brokered Agreement Fails to Defuse Israeli-Arab Violence
Friday, 30 October 2015 - 15:56
Palestinians mounted new attacks on Israelis Sunday despite a weekend agreement brokered by the U.S. that was aimed at defusing a wave of violence.
The agreement between the U.S., Jordan and Israel was an effort to clarify guidelines for jointly managing holy sites in Jerusalem. Those sites are a key source of the tensions fueling the latest round of clashes that began in mid-September.
The deal was brokered by visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday. Mr. Kerry then met Saturday in Amman with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan, who is the joint custodian along with Israel of the Jerusalem holy site known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, to Muslims.