A terror attack left an Israeli woman wounded in the Jerusalem Wednesday evening, hours after a stabbing was thwarted in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday afternoon. Clashes were also reported between Palestinians in Gaza Strip and Israeli army forces, with three Palestinians hurt by Israeli fire.
Violent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians peaked Tuesday with multiple terror attacks in Jerusalem and the central city of Ra'anana, leaving at least three Israelis dead and over 20 wounded.
In attempt to counter the recent wave of attacks, the security cabinet overnight approved several new measures, authorizing police to "impose a closure on... centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem," a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said.
9:30 P.M. The U.S. State Department has called the stabbing of four Israeli Arab men in Dimona "an act of terrorism." The four, Bedouins from the Negev, were stabbed by a Jewish man in a suspected revenge attack on Friday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the attack, saying violence against innocent Arabs is unacceptable.
The State Department also said it had seen reports of "excessive use of violence" by Israel. (Reuters)
9:15 P.M. Saeb Erekat, the chairman of the PLO executive committee, accused the Quartet on the Middle East and the international community of giving in to Israeli dictates by postponing a visit by a Quartet delegation, which was scheduled to arrive in Ramallah on Wednesday. (Jack Khoury)
9:09 P.M. Interior Minister Silvan Shalom signed a decree banning Sheikh Ra'ad Salah and his deputy from leaving the country for one month. According to a statement released by his office, the decree was issued due to concerns for state security if Salah left the country. (Ilan Lior)
8:30 P.M. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas commented on recent events in Jerusalem and the West Bank, saying Wednesday that Israel had "executed" a Palestinian teen who perpetrated a terror attack in Jerusalem on Monday.
The Prime Minister's Office blasted the speech as incitement and denied his claims as lies. "The boy (Abbas') referenced is alive and still hospitalized after stabbing an Israeli riding his bike. While Israel maintains the status quo on the Temple Mount, Abbas makes cynical use of religion and thus prompts terror."
Abbas also blasted what he called Israel's racist and aggressive policies towards that Palestinians, which he said only destabilize the region and escalate the conference into a religious conflict, saying the Palestinians "would not concede to Israel's occupation policies, and those of its settlers, who terrorize our holy sites, our women, our land, and execute our youths... We will continue with the resistance and our right to defend ourselves." (Jack Khoury, Barak Ravid))
7:30 P.M. A senior official in Jerusalem said that during Israel's security cabinet meeting on Wednesday, ministers discussed the possibility of revoking citizenship or resident status from those implicated in terror attacks, as well as that of their relatives. They also discussed the possibility of confiscating their property.
Security officials briefed the cabinet about the results of previous measures agreed on in the past and now being implemented. (Barak Ravid) Read full story
7:00 P.M. According to the police, a terror attack has taken place near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. The alleged terrorist attempted to get on a bus after stabbing an Israeli woman in her 50s. A police officer arrived at the scene, spotting the alleged assailant and shooting at him in what the police called "direct and accurate fire". Read full story
6:42 P.M. An additional attack has taken place in Jerusalem, with a stabbing reported on Jaffa St. near the Central Bus Station. According to paramedics, a woman in her 50s was moderately wounded after a suspected terrorists stabbed her. He was then shot dead by security forces. Reports also said the terrorists attempted to enter the station. Read full story
6:30 P.M. Scores of Palestinians are congregating near the border fence with Israel in central Gaza. The protesters threw stones at the Israeli army forces standing near the fence, and the IDF responded with live fire, which they said was aimed at their legs. The military said that two protesters were hit. (Almog Ben Zikri)
4:21 P.M. Attempted stabbing attack is thwarted near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The assailant was shot dead, wounding no one. (Nir Hasson and Jack Khoury) Read full story
3:55 A.M. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he plans to travel to the Middle East to try to calm violence between Palestinians and Israelis. The trip would mark Kerry's most direct efforts to broker peace between the two sides since talks led by the United States failed last year. (Reuters) Read full story.
3:30 A.M. The security cabinet approved several new measures in attempt to combat the recent wave of terror attacks, among them authorizing police to "impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations," a statement by the Prime Minister's Office said. (Barak Ravid) Read the full story.