U.S Secretary of State John Kerry met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman as part of an international effort to defuse an escalation in Israeli-Palestinian hostilities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In Amman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met and voiced hope they might find a way to ease the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians but offered no details. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General, Saeb Erekat, said after the meeting that the root of the escalating violence was the continuation of the Israeli occupation. "President Abbas and Secretary Kerry had a very in-depth, constructive meeting. The president began with the status quo in Al-Aqsa mosque, and in full cooperation with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan I think Mr. Kerry got the message, I think the restoration of the status quo whereby Al-Waqf will be the sole responsible for Al-Aqsa mosque is what will be discussed also today between His Majesty King Abdullah II and Mr. Kerry," he told reporters. More than 40 Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in the recent street violence in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, triggered in part by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Palestinians fear increasing visits by Jewish groups to al-Aqsa are eroding longtime Muslim religious control there.