Two Israeli brothers were shot and killed by a Palestinian gunman on Sunday near Har Bracha, a West Bank settlement about one mile south of Nablus, where nearly a dozen Palestinians were killed in an Israeli military raid earlier this week.
Israeli settlers rioted on Sunday evening in response to the shooting, setting dozens of cars and homes on fire in the northern West Bank. Palestinian officials said one man was killed and four others were wounded.
The violence on Sunday cast a shadow over peace talks that took place this weekend in Aqaba, Jordan.
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Jordanian, Egyptian, and U.S. officials joined Israeli and Palestinian representatives for “comprehensive and frank discussions,” which was described as the first of its kind in years.
“The two sides (Palestinian and Israeli sides) affirmed their commitment to all previous agreements between them, and to work towards a just and lasting peace,” officials said in a joint statement on Sunday. “They reaffirmed the necessity of committing to de-escalation on the ground and to prevent further violence.”
The joint statement added that Israel committed to “stop discussion of any new settlement units for 4 months and to stop authorization of any outposts for 6 months,” but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to shoot that down on Sunday.
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“Construction and regulation in Judea and Samaria will continue according to the original planning and construction schedule, without any changes,” Netanyahu tweeted. “There is and will not be any freeze.”
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The violence on Sunday comes on the heels of an Israeli Defense Forces raid on Wednesday in Nablus targeting three members of the Lion’s Den terrorist group.
Israeli forces exchanged heavy gunfire with Palestinian militants during that raid, leaving 11 Palestinians dead.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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