U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II in Jordan, in hopes of calming Israeli-Palestinian violence. Diane Hodges reports.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah in Jordan. It's the latest effort to calm the escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis. Palestinians accuse Israeli forces of eroding Muslim control of the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Kerry announced that Israel has agreed to maintain the tradition that only Muslims are allowed to pray at the site. SOUNDBITE: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "Israel will continue to enforce its long-standing policy on religious worship ...that it is Muslims who pray on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, and non-Muslims who visit." But tensions will continue to simmer until the underlying problem is addressed, says the Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat. SOUNDBITE: PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION SECRETARY-GENERAL SAEB EREKAT, SAYING: "Those who seek calm without tackling the real issue, the real issue is the continuation of the Israeli occupation." More than 50 Palestinians, half of them assailants, have been shot dead by Israelis since the latest wave of violence began, while nine Israelis have been shot or stabbed by Palestinians.