The prime minister has declared his opposition to a binational state, but has done nothing to eliminate the threat; he prefers to deal with the unrest as a natural disaster that is out of his control.
Barak Ravid is the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz newspaper. He joined Haaretz in April 2007, covering the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense, dealing with issues such as U.S.-Israeli relations, EU-Israeli relations and the peace process.
Before joining Haaretz, Barak Ravid worked for two years for Maariv daily newspaper, spending a year covering the Palestinian Authority and a year as a diplomatic correspondent.
Ravid has a BA in the history of the Middle East from the University of Tel Aviv. He served for six years as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and concluded his service with the rank of captain. He and his wife live in Tel Aviv.
The trip would be the state secretary's first direct effort to mediate between the sides since U.S.-brokered peace talks failed last year.
New measures approved by the ministers also include revoking permanent residency status of terrorists and calling in army reinforcements in an effort to counter ongoing wave of violent attacks.
U.S. Secretary of State says current situation is 'a revolving cycle that damages the future for everybody.'
Senior Israeli official, Western diplomat say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had objected to visit's timing.
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Senior security service official says in briefing that the Palestinian president is instructing his security forces to prevent attacks.
Former deputy Shin Bet head will take over Israel Police in a month.
The bill, drafted at Netanyahu's request, passes as a temporary provision in wake of escalating violence in recent weeks.
Prime Minister quotes statements by the Joint List MK – which appeared in a Hamas publication - calling for 'hundreds of thousands to ascend to Al-Aqsa' and urging 'a real intifada.'