Earlier today, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem killing four people. The two men were killed by police in a shootout. Six people were injured in the attack. Police spokesman said the attackers were from east Jerusalem. Tensions have been rising in the holy city. On Nov. 5, a Israeli border guard and three people were injured when a man drove into a crowd. A similar attack in October killed a 3-month-old baby and left at 6 people injured. There have also been stabbing attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will respond with a “heavy hand.” On the other side, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack while Hamas praised the two men. In a statement, Abbas called for Israeli to end “...ongoing incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the provocative acts by Israeli settlers…”
How might this affect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations going forward?
Neri Zilber, visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of The Palestine Center