Gunman kills Israeli soldier as diplomats seek calm

Israeli police check Palestinian youths at Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 18, 2015Israel was to voice its opposition Monday to French proposals to send international observers to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the latest in a diplomatic push to quell fears over a full-blown Palestinian uprising. The international efforts follow more than two weeks of near-relentless violence that has seen 41 Palestinians killed, including alleged assailants, while eight Israelis have died. Most of the attackers have been young Palestinians wielding knives and believed to be acting on their own.

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