Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his meeting with US Secretary pf State John Keerry on Thursday, reiterating his assertion that the current wave of terror attacks plaguing Israel is "driven directly" by incitement from Hamas, the Islamic Movement of Israel and from the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas.
"I want to thank you and the US for condemning the terrorist attacks against Israel, for standing up for our right of self defence," the prime minister told Kerry.
"We remain committed to the status quo. We’re the ones that protect all the holy sites," Netanyahu said, refuting Palestinian claims that Israel is seeking to change the status quo at the Temple Mount.
"It’s time that the international community told President Abbas to stop the incitement and hold him accountable for his words and his deeds," he added.