Israelis, Palestinians caught in escalating cycle of violence in Jerusalem and West Bank

JENIN, West Bank—The recent spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians is worsening after two gun attacks in Jerusalem and a wave of Israeli attacks in the West Bank.

The worsening situation has raised concern among world leaders and has become the first major security test for Israel’s prime minister benjamin netanyahunew right-wing and religiously conservative government of came to power last year in the midst of an offensive military operation to eliminate militants in the occupied West Bank. Since then, the death toll of Palestinians has been rising in almost daily raids by Israeli security forces. A spate of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel ahead of Monday’s visit by the US secretary of state threatens to create further instability antony blinkHe is the latest US official to visit Jerusalem in recent days.