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    Netanyahu Urges Talks as Israel Reels from Protests

    Will Jerusalem boil over? Today the city saw a massive security deployment — even Israeli civilians readied homemade weapons — amid calls for a Palestinian day of protests that have thus far left three dead. This follows an arson attack last night at a Jewish holy site, and two weeks of clashes in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza that have killed seven Israelis and 30 Palestinians. Conflicting accusations are being lobbed from both sides, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to stem the violence.

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