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What will come of the Jerusalem killings?




An Ultra-Orthodox Jew looks down from a roof top over people mourning near the bodies of the victims of an attack by two Palestinians on Jewish worshippers killing four Israelis at a synagogue in the Ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem, at the site where the attack took place on November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes burst into a Jerusalem synagogue and killed four Israelis before being shot dead, in the deadliest attack in the city in years.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew looks down from a roof top over people mourning near the bodies of the victims of an attack by two Palestinians on Jewish worshippers killing four Israelis at a synagogue in the Ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem, at the site where the attack took place on November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes burst into a Jerusalem synagogue and killed four Israelis before being shot dead, in the deadliest attack in the city in years.
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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?

Guests:

Neri Zilber, visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of The Palestine Center