Blinken Visits Israel Amid Tensions With Palestinians Over Violence

Secretary of state is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

At least seven people were killed and three injured Friday when a Palestinian gunman opened fire outside a Jerusalem synagogue, in what Israeli authorities called an act of terrorism. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

JERUSALEM—U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he would urge Israelis and Palestinians to de-escalate tensions during a trip to Israel on Monday amid a surge in violence.

“There is no question that this is a very difficult moment,” Mr. Blinken said in Cairo ahead of his departure, during a visit that was partly overshadowed by concerns in Israel. “We will be encouraging the parties to take steps to calm things down, to de-escalate tensions.”

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