Israeli soldiers (L) stand guard outside a house in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was fatally stabbed in her bedroom on June 30, 2016. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
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Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.In the recent wave of violence since October, there have been over 250 attacks and attempted attacks by Palestinians that have killed at least 30 Israelis, said the report.At least 140 Palestinians have been killed since October, the report says.Among the 10 recommendations outlined in the report, the quartet urged Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza and called for restoring Palestinian Authority control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.Mladenov, a Bulgarian diplomat who has served as the U.N.'s Middle East coordinator for over a year, said both the Israelis and the Palestinians must act on all three tracks – violence, settlements and Hamas rule in Gaza.
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