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Kerry in bid to cool Jerusalem tempers

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Amman, on November 13, 2014, to discuss the upsurge in violence in east Jerusalem and the West BankTop US diplomat John Kerry mounted a diplomatic push Thursday to calm surging tensions in Jerusalem through talks in Amman with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s king. The meeting at King Abdullah II’s palace came hours after talks between the US secretary of state and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. “They will focus on ways to restore calm and de-escalate tensions in Jerusalem,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said ahead of the talks in the Jordanian capital. The flurry of diplomatic activity followed new clashes in east Jerusalem where Israeli police fired tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian demonstrators.

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