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Arab Israeli youths burn tires in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 10, 2014, two days after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces detain an Arab-Israeli protester during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 10, 2014, two days after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces detain an Arab-Israeli protester during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 10, 2014, two days after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SHU'AFAT CAMP, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2014/11/07: A Palestinian young man throws stones during clashes with Israeli Security Forces. Clashes started at the refugee camp following the car attack in which two people were killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a suspected terror. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinian youths, one holding a national flag, appear through a hole they dug in the controversial Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala -between Jerusalem and Ramallah- on November 8, 2014 as celebrations today mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians and photographers take cover behind a container during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, on November 7, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem who carried out attacks on Israelis. AFP PHOTO /AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians battle with Israeli security forces during clashes in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, on November 7, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem who carried out attacks on Israelis. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli border police run during clashes with Palestinians, as Israeli police limited the access to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Tensions have been rising in recent weeks over the Jerusalem shrine, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Clashes broke out after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station. He then backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way, then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar, killing one and wounding 13, before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Paramedics treat a woman for shock after a soldier was stabbed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday Nov 10, 2014. Police spokesman said the assailant was Palestinian from the West Bank city of Nablus and was captured immediately after the stabbing. (AP Photo/Tomer Appelboum) ***ISRAEL OUT***
An Israeli soldier inspects a vehicle at the scene of an attack near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Palestinian assailants on Monday carried out a pair of stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, police said, killing an Israeli teenage girl and gravely wounding a soldier as a wave of Arab unrest appeared to be gaining strength. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Israeli relatives and friends gather around the body of Dalia Lemkus, during her funeral at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Palestinian assailants carried out stabbing attacks Monday, Nov. 10 in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, police said, killing an Israeli woman and a soldier as a wave of Arab unrest appeared to be gaining strength. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A giant Israeli flag flies over the Palestinian neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on November 11, 2014. Recent unrest between Israelis and Palestinians has been fueled by religious tensions at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, as well as by moves to expand settler presence in the occupied eastern sector of the holy city. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
SHU'AFAT CAMP, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2014/11/07: A Palestinian young man throws stones during clashes with Israeli Security Forces. Clashes started at the refugee camp following the car attack in which two people were killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a suspected terror. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Israeli security forces detain Arab-Israeli youths during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 9, 2014, a day after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Paramedics treat an Israeli soldier after he was stabbed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. An Israeli soldier was stabbed in a downtown Tel Aviv train station on Monday, police said, adding that they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of perpetrating the act as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.(AP Photo/Israel Ben Ami) ***ISRAEL OUT***
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester uses a door as a shield during the clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester fires a slingshot during the clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2014/11/06: An Israeli border police stands on guard at at Shivtei Israel light train station. After a car attack of the day before praised by Hamas, Israel decides to put an additional security for passengers at light train stations in Jerusalem. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men carry the body of 17-year-old student Shalom Baadani during his funeral in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Baadani was wounded in an attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday and died of his wounds on Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Right wing Israelis wave flags at the scene where Yehuda Glick, a rabbi and activist, who has pushed for greater Jewish access to Al Aqsa Mosque compound, survived an assassination attempt last week, during a protest in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The holy site in Jerusalem's Old City is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is the most sacred spot in Judaism. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, Islam's third-holiest site and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Clashes broke out after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station. He then backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way, then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar, killing one and wounding 13, before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
A Palestinian carries a tire during clashes with Israeli security at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Israeli troops and Palestinians clashed for the second day following recent tensions over the holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
An Israeli solder aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Israeli troops and Palestinians clashed for the second day following recent tensions over the holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
The body of Palestinian attacker lies covered on the rails of Jerusalem's tramway on November 5, 2014 after he was killed when he deliberately rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and rescue workers inspect on November 5, 2014 the car a Palestinian man used to deliberately rammed it into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the car a Palestinian man used to deliberately rammed it into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry an injured man to an ambulance after a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry an injured man to an ambulance after a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man passes next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. OOne person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
A religious Jewish man looks on November 5, 2014 at the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and rescue workers inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli policeman aims his tear gas launcher during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians on November 5, 2014 near one of the entrances to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims. Clashes broke out after far-right Jewish groups visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian woman shouts slogans as Israeli security forces stand at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism, on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound after far-right Jewish groups visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Jewish visitors walk protected by Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque (unseen) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Jewish visitors walk protected by Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 5: A Palestinian woman reacts to security men during a tension moment between Israeli security officials and Palestinian Muslims happened after Israeli officials let nearly a hundred Jewish people go into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Israel on November 5, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 5: Israeli security officials are seen during a tension moment happened after Israeli officials let nearly a hundred Jewish people go into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Israel on November 5, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 5: Palestinians shout slogans during a tension moment between Israeli security officials and Palestinian Muslims happened after Israeli officials let nearly a hundred Jewish people go into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Israel on November 5, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Palestinian protestor kicks a burning tyre to block a road during clashes with Israeli security forces following a rally on November 2, 2014 at the Qalandia checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem City, against the rare closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the weekend after tense clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces after officers shot dead a Palestinian suspected of trying to murder a hardline Israeli rabbi, and the age restrictions imposed on those visiting the compound after it was re-opened. Al-Aqsa and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks near a concrete barrier built by Israel to secure Rachel's Tomb, during an annual mass prayer in the West Bank town of Bethlehem near Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man looks as Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A masked Palestinian kicks a burning tire during clashes with Israeli security forces a day after 14-year-old Palestinian-American, Orwah Hammad was killed by Israeli troops during clashes, in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Hammad is the second teen to be killed by army fire in eight days amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A 13-year-old was killed last week in a West Bank village. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians use slingshots to throw rocks during clashes with Israeli security forces day after a day after 14-year-old Palestinian-American, Orwah Hammad was killed by Israeli troops during clashes in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Hammad is the second teen to be killed by army fire in eight days amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A 13-year-old was killed last week in a West Bank village. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli woman who was an eyewitness is comforted as she stands behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of Israeli security forces stands behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces gather behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. An article published online by The Atlantic magazine quoted officials of US President Barack Obama's administration as calling Netanyahu a 'chickenshit' and attacking him over Israeli policy on settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Jewish visitors walk protected by Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque (unseen) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces walk near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval Wednesday to build 200 homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem, a move that threatened to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city's holiest sites.

The announcement came hours before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to arrive in neighboring Jordan on a mission aimed in part at restoring calm. A State Department spokeswoman said Washington was "deeply concerned" by the decision.

Much of the recent violence has stemmed from tensions surrounding Jerusalem's hilltop complex that is revered by Muslims and Jews. The collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks, Israel's war last summer in the Gaza Strip against the Islamic militant group Hamas, and continued Israeli settlement construction in east Jerusalem have added to the distrust.

Brachie Sprung, a spokeswoman in the mayor's office, said city officials approved 200 homes in the Ramot area. Sprung said it was just a preliminary stage of the planning process - meaning construction would be years away.

She also said city officials approved an additional 174 homes for construction in an Arab neighborhood.

To Israelis, the announcement was relatively harmless. Ramot is a sprawling development already home to about 70,000 people, and most Israelis assume the area will remain part of Israel under any future peace agreement.

In the current tense climate, however, any Israeli construction for Jewish areas of east Jerusalem is potentially explosive.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in 1967 and annexed the area in a move that is not recognized internationally.

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their capital. They consider all Israeli construction there to be illegal settlement activity - a position that is backed by the international community. About 200,000 Jewish Israelis live in developments like Ramot that ring east Jerusalem to help cement Israeli control.

The Israeli announcement came before Kerry's scheduled meeting in Jordan with King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the situation in Jerusalem. There was no immediate plan for Kerry to travel to Israel.

"We are deeply concerned by this decision, particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem, as well as the unequivocal and unanimous position of the United States and others in the international community opposing such construction in east Jerusalem," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Washington.

"These decisions to expand construction have the potential to exacerbate this difficult situation on the ground, and they will not contribute to efforts to reduce the tension," she added.

Under a longstanding arrangement, Jordan holds custodial rights over Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, including the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred place in Judaism. Jews are permitted to visit, but prayer by non-Muslims is banned.

Increased visits by Jewish worshippers to the site, which also includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque, have raised concerns among Muslims that Israel is secretly trying to take it over. The tensions have boiled over into violent demonstrations and deadly Palestinian attacks that have killed six people in recent weeks. The fatal shooting by police last weekend of an Israeli Arab protester in northern Israel as he appeared to be walking away from the officer has worsened the atmosphere.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that Israel has no plans to change the arrangements at the holy site, but his pledges have done little to bring calm.

Abbas accused Netanyahu this week of leading the region into a "religious war." Netanyahu responded by calling Abbas a liar and accusing him of incitement.

The harsh rhetoric reflects more than personal animosity between the two leaders. Both appear to be pandering to their political bases of support at a sensitive time.

Abbas, after nearly a decade in office and several failed rounds of peace talks, has little to show for his efforts. He also is facing a challenge from Hamas.

Fiery rhetoric is an easy way to appeal to his public at a time when many Palestinians believe Israel is not serious about negotiating a peace deal that would end a half-century of Israeli military occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state.

The official Palestinian media is filled with reports about Israeli hard-liners calling for legalized prayer on the Temple Mount and visits to the compound by Jewish worshippers, as well as denials of the Jewish connection to the site.

"Our correspondent reported that settlers invaded the mosque in small groups and toured the place with leaders explaining to them mythical accounts about the alleged Temple Mount," the state-run Wafa news agency said Wednesday.

In the latest unrest, an attack Wednesday on a mosque in a West Bank village ignited a fire that destroyed its first floor. Residents blamed local Jewish settlers.

Israeli police said someone threw a Molotov cocktail at an ancient synagogue in the Israeli-Arab town of Shfaram late Tuesday night, causing light damage.

The U.S. condemned the West Bank mosque attack, Psaki said, adding: "We believe that such hateful and provocative actions against a place of worship are never justified."

Netanyahu is shoring up his hard-line credentials at a time when his coalition is looking increasingly unstable and he faces a primary in his Likud Party next year.

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the ultranationalist Jewish Home Party and perhaps Netanyahu's most formidable rival, has accused the government of being too soft in its response to the unrest.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel, also of the Jewish home, has called for Jews to be allowed to pray inside the compound. An advocate of increased Jewish access to the site was shot and seriously wounded by a Palestinian gunman last month.

The tactics by Abbas and Netanyahu risk igniting further violence and have drawn calls for restraint.

Science Minister Yaacov Peri of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, and a former chief of the Shin Bet security agency, urged "all leaders to act responsibly by showing restraint and ending the incitement."

"We must all work intensively and genuinely to calm the current situation," he told foreign reporters.

Meanwhile, an Israeli border policeman was arrested in connection with the death of a Palestinian demonstrator near Ramallah in May, police said. Israeli security forces said they used only rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, but Israeli media reported the policeman may have used live ammunition.

Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving a life sentence in Israel for his role in the Palestinian uprising last decade, was sentenced to a week in solitary for calling for more violence and for the Palestinian Authority to stop its security cooperation with Israel. Israeli media interpreted that as a call for a third intifada, or uprising.

Later Wednesday, Israel said it would not cooperate with a U.N. Human Rights Council investigation into the war with Hamas in Gaza this summer.

The Foreign Ministry cited what it called the Geneva-based council's "obsessive hostility toward Israel."

The decision means that the council's representatives would not be able to enter Gaza from Israel. That would force them to enter through Egypt, but the crossing has been closed because of a perilous security situation in the Sinai Desert.

Israel has often accused the Geneva-based council of bias.

The Commission of Inquiry said in a statement that its three members are on their first visit to Jordan where they are meeting with individuals, groups, victims and witnesses of alleged human rights violations. The commission didn't mention Israel's announcement but said in a statement that the members hope to visit affected areas of Gaza and Israel and have "requested the cooperation of the government of Israel in this regard."

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