Kerry meets Netanyahu in rush to halt spiralling violence

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting on October 2, 2015 in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General AssemblyUS Secretary of State John Kerry was holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday as a flurry of diplomatic activity kicked off to try to halt spiralling violence between Israelis and Palestinians. The meeting came as another Israeli was wounded in a new knife attack west of Jerusalem, the latest in a spate of unrest that erupted on October 1 and has sparked fears of a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising. UN chief Ban Ki-moon had said Wednesday after talks with both sides that he was “not optimistic”, as he appealed for calm after three weeks of deadly unrest.

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