Israeli, Palestinian Security Officials to Meet in Attempt to Reduce Tensions

IDF and the Shin Bet have retrieved the rifle used in the killings of Eitam and Naama Henkin last Thursday night.

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Palestinian youths throw rocks at Israeli military vehicle during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
Palestinian youths throw rocks at Israeli military vehicle during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Credit: AP
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

Senior Israel Defense Forces officers will meet with their counterparts from the Palestinian security apparatus in the West Bank on Tuesday evening in an attempt to jointly reduce tensions in the territories following the recent terror attacks.

It will be the first senior-level meeting since the murder of the Henkin couple last Thursday night.

The Palestinian Authority has been attempting to calm tensions in the West Bank over the past day, a senior Southern Command officer said on Tuesday. He expressed hope that violence by Jewish settlers on Palestinians would also be currtailed. Settlers are believed to be responsible for several violent incidents in the Hebron area in recent days.

Asked whether the recent violence indicated the beginning of a third intifada, the officer said that the recent events were "cycles of terror that come and go and not a general uprising."

The army does not perceive any immediate danger of a wide-ranging outbreak of violence, he added.

Meanwhile, the IDF and the Shin Bet have recovered the M-16 rifle used in the terror attack in which Eitam and Naama Henkin were killed near the settlement of Itamar on Thursday.

One of the suspects in the attack admitted during questioning that the rifle was hidden in a business he owned in Nablus. Troops raided the business on Monday night and retrieved the rifle.

The interrogations of the suspects are continuing.

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