Kerry to visit Middle East, calm Israeli-Palestinian tension

US secretary of state John Kerry to visit the Middle East, to bring needed peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Photo by: Reuters
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during an event sponsored by Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 13, 2015.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he plans to travel to the Middle East, in light of recent violence in occupied Jerusalem, between brutal Israeli forces and Palestinian protests. Kerry said his visit will aim to calm the situation and sway it "away from this precipice."

Kerry made his remarks on Tuesday, speaking at an event sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

"I will go there soon, at some point appropriately, and try to work to re engage and see if we can't move that away from this precipice," Kerry told the audience.

This Middle East trip will be Kerry's most direct efforts concerning the Israelis and Palestinians since the failed US talks in 2014.

Kerry said the two-state solution, which the US fully supports, "could conceivably be stolen from everybody" if violence escalated 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.

At least seven Israelis and 29 have died in the unrest so far since the start of the unrest. This unrest started on the eve of the Jewish new year’s Rosh Hashanah, when increasing Jewish visitation to Islam’s holy al Aqsa mosque peaked mid September, and agitated Palestinian mosque goers.

While Israeli security forces continue to use excessive force and ammunition against unarmed Palestinian, the situation is continuously developing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office called for an emergency cabinet session on Tuesday, and said that the Israeli cabinet has authorised for the police to seal off Arab sectors of East Jerusalem after increasing cases of random attacks between Jews and Arabs.

"The security cabinet decided several measures to combat terrorism, notably authorising police to seal off or impose a curfew on parts of Jerusalem in case of friction or incitement to violence," the statement released early on Wednesday said.

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