U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it is ''absolutely critical to end all incitement'' as he seeks a de-escalation of three weeks of street violence. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Thursday (October 22) for an end to inflammatory Israeli-Palestinian rhetoric as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who blamed the Palestinians for a recent surge of violence. Kerry said he hoped that the two men could agree on steps "that take us beyond the condemnations and beyond the rhetoric." Speaking to reporters before their talks, Kerry made no reference to Netanyahu's suggestion this week that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem during the 1940s, persuaded Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews. Those comments, which come after three weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence, have attracted wide criticism from Israeli opposition politicians and Holocaust experts, who accused the prime minister of distorting the historical record. Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks since the start of October, while 48 Palestinians, including 24 attackers, among them children, have been killed by Israeli security forces in response. Among the causes of the turmoil is Palestinians' anger at what they see as Jewish encroachment on the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Islam's holiest site outside Saudi Arabia, which is also revered by Jews as the location of two ancient temples. Netanyahu blamed the Palestinians for the recent surge in killings, singling out Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Diplomats hold out little hope for any resumption of broader Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which collapsed in 2014.