U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Israelis and Palestinians not to escalate tensions amid the recent surge of violence between both countries.
Blinken made the development as he arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He said; "It's the responsibility of everyone to take steps to calm tensions rather than inflame them.”
During his two-day stay, Blinken will also visit the West Bank city of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian officials.
Amid the spate of violence, at least seven Israelis were killed in a shooting attack near a synagogue in an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday night.
This comes a day after nine Palestinians also were killed and dozens injured in an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.