• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes impromptu remarks to members of the media after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    Palestinian motorist rams vehicle into checkpoint, wounds 3

    JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year on Tuesday, setting aside the goal of a long-sought peace accord to make way for more modest hopes for an end to two months of deadly violence.

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with members of the traveling press during his stop in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    Kerry in Israel for 1st time since 2014; no bold peace push

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry made his first trip to Israel in more than a year, arriving on Tuesday in the midst of a new rash of deadly attacks that have dampened hopes for peace mediation between the Jewish state and Palestinians during the Obama administration’s final year. The visit includes no such ambitious agenda, the chief U.S. diplomat conceded, and is primarily focused on ending the terror.

  • Israeli medics move a handcuffed Palestinian woman, who police believe attacked a man, at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Two Palestinian teenage girls stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man, apparently mistaken for an Israeli, with scissors outside a central Jerusalem market on Monday before they were shot by police -- in a fresh burst of violence ahead of the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence ahead of Kerry visit

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier at a West Bank gas station Monday before he was killed by security forces as two Palestinian teenage girls in Jerusalem attacked a 70-year-old Palestinian, apparently mistaking him for an Israeli, in a new rash of attacks on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region to try and calm two months of deadly violence.

  • Police: Palestinian killed after stabbing man in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials say that troops have shot and killed a Palestinian attacker who stabbed an Israeli man to death at a West Bank gas station.

  • Israeli emergency services evacuate the body of a Palestinian from the scene of an attack near the West Bank Gush Etzion settlements Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. The Palestinian, armed with a knife,  killed a 21 year  old Israeli woman before he was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinian attacks kill Israeli woman, 3 attackers killed

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A young Israeli woman was stabbed to death by a Palestinian who was among three assailants to be shot dead following separate attacks Sunday, Israeli security forces said, with the latest flare-up of violence coming ahead of a visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

  • A Palestinian protester uses a sling shot to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Israel shuts down Palestinian radio station it says incites

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An assailant stabbed and wounded four Israelis, including a 13-year-old girl, in southern Israel on Saturday before fleeing the scene, setting off a large manhunt, police said.

  • Israeli police arrest  a Palestinian identified as Raed Khalil bin Mahmoud, a 36-year-old from the West Bank village of Dura in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Bin Mahmoud fatally stabbed two Israeli men in a Tel Aviv office building on Thursday before being apprehended, police said. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod)  ISRAEL OUT

    Israel convicts police officer in beating of Florida teen

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of stabbing and shooting attacks carried out by Palestinians killed three Israelis, a Palestinian and an American teenager on Thursday in one of the deadliest days in a recent outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

  • In this Sunday, July 25, 2010 file photo, Sheik Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, center, gestures as he arrives to Ayalon prison to serve his sentence at the central Israeli town of Ramle. Israel outlawed an Islamist party accused of inciting violence among the country’s Arab citizens, the government announced Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 as part of its measures to stamp out a two month-long deadly escalation. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    Israel bans Islamist party, says it’s inciting violence

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday outlawed a leading Islamic group it accuses of inciting Arabs to violence in its latest attempt to quash a deadly two-month wave of unrest.