Speaking to reporters after about four hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry said he thought there were steps that could reduce the violence and said they needed to be discussed with Jordanian and Palestinian officials.
“I would characterize that conversation as one that gave me a cautious measure of optimism that there may be … a way to defuse the situation and begin to find a way forward,” Kerry told reporters after he met Netanyahu at a Berlin hotel.
“If parties want to try, and I believe they do, want to move to a de-escalation, there are a set of choices that are available,” he told a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks since the start of October. Forty-nine Palestinians, including 25 assailants, among them children, have been killed in attacks and during anti-Israeli protests.