President Barack Obama on Friday called on leaders of Israel and Palestine to seek to end rhetoric that might be flaming violence. Obama said he recognized that Israel has a right to protect its citizens from knife attacks. He then called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "try to tamp down rhetoric that may feed violence or anger or misunderstanding and try to get all people in Israel and the West Bank to recognize this kind of random violence is not going to result in anything but more hardship and insecurity."
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