Kerry signals 'cautious optimism' after talks with Israel PM

Palestinian protesters use slingshots to throw stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes near the border fence between Israel and the central Gaza Strip east of Bureij on October 22, 2015US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed “cautious optimism” about defusing the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian violence after four hours of talks in Berlin with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. The two met as part of a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at halting the cycle of violence, which erupted on October 1 and has raised fears of a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising. Ahead of his talks with Kerry, the Israeli prime minister took a hard line, pointing the finger at Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas for inciting the wave of attacks.

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