Israel says half-year surge in Palestinian Str violence wanes

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 4:09 PM

S.-backed Palestinian leadership of treachery for helping Israel stem the violence. Since October, Palestinians have killed twenty-eight Israelis and two U.

A half-year-long surge in Palestinian Str attacks against Israelis is waning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, while Hamas accused the U. S.-backed Palestinian leadership of treachery for helping Israel stem the violence.

Since October, Palestinians have killed twenty-eight Israelis and two U. S. citizens in knife, car-ramming and gun assaults. In recent weeks, these have slowed from near-daily occurrences to more sporadic incidents. The latest lethal attack took space on March nine.

During this wave of violence, Israeli forces killed at least one hundred ninety Palestinians, one hundred twenty-nine of whom Israel says were assailants. Many others were shot deceased during clashes and protests. Palestinians and foreign critics have accused Israel of excessive force.

Drivers behind the bloodshed comprise Palestinian bitterness over long-stalled statehood negotiations, greater Jewish access to a disputed Jerusalem shrine, and Islamist-led calls for Israel's destruction.

In public remarks to his cabinet, Netanyahu said Israeli security forces' "very firm action against incitement" and their foiling of assaults had led to "a significant drop-off in the scale of terror attacks".

But he told the forum: "I declare this with grand caution, because the trend can be reversed."

Netanyahu made number mention of Israel'south security cooperation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas'south U. S.-backed administration in the occupied W Bank, where much of the violence has occurred.

Israeli and Palestinian executive on several occasions cited a degree of security cooperation without going into details. Israeli media has reported near monitoring by both sides of social media in a tender to identify would-be assailants.

Many Palestinians regard security cooperation with Israel as collaborating with the enemy.

Palestinian experts declare many of the youthful and frequently leaderless assailants have lashed out in solidarity with others who were killed carrying out attacks, with social media and cellphone footage of the incidents amplifying favorite outrage.

Hamas, the powerful Islamist grouping that exercises de facto control of the Gaza Strip, on Sun condemned as "very grave" what it described as the arrest of three W Bank Palestinians by Abbas'south forces on suspicion of planning to attack Israel.

"Such cooperation aims to abort the Palestinian uprising and targets the resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

But Palestinian authorities in the W Bank played down the case, saying the three were tracked down at the request of their families after their went missing.

The latest instance of a Palestinian carrying out a lethal attack in Israel occurred on March nine, when an American tourist was stabbed to death in Tel Aviv. The assailant was killed.

(Extra reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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