Skip to main content

Blinken appeals for calm in Jerusalem as tensions soar

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also addressed the Israeli government's widely criticized judicial overhaul plan.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, on Jan. 30, 2023, in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM — America’s top diplomat urged restraint as he landed in Israel following a spate of attacks that have sowed fears of further escalation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Just hours before Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Jerusalem to press for calm, Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron opened fire on a Palestinian who the military said drove his vehicle into an Israeli soldier before he was shot dead. 

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 for annual access.