Netanyahu 'angry' with Kerry over 'one state' comments
A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli police after allegedly stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli near a flashpoint holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday.
The shooting took place near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
Over 100 Palestinians have been killed in the region since October, as tensions continue to escalate.
Hebron has been the focus of much of the violence, with tensions high between Israeli settlers living in the heart of the city and Palestinian residents.
Kerry's 'one state' comments cause consternation in Israel
|The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace, it is simply not a viable option
- US Secretary of State
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry has set off a furor in Israel by suggesting that Israel was destroying itself as a Jewish state.
Kerry told a conference in Washington on Saturday that through its continued occupation of the West Bank, Israel could make it impossible to partition the land between Jewish and Palestinian states.
He said the alternative would have to be a "binational state" in which Jews and Palestinians live together in one state, ending Israel's Jewish majority.
"The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace, it is simply not a viable option," Kerry said.
The US, along with most of the international community, has long argued that a "two-state solution" — establishing a Palestinian state and ending Israel's control over millions of Palestinians in territories occupied in the 1967 war — is the best way of creating a long-term peace.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily on Sunday, telling his Cabinet that "Israel will not be a binational state" and blaming the Palestinians for the failure of peace efforts. But despite Netanyahu's pledges, Jewish settlement of the West Bank continues apace, while confusion over his true intentions grows by the day.