The heightened rhetoric is a departure for the normally staid Mahmoud Abbas — and an apparent sign of desperation as he tries to halt a slide in his own popularity following this summer's war between Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas in Gaza.
Israeli and Palestinian police kept a tight watch over the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday amid high tension between Muslims and Jewish visitors to the holy site and calls from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to defend it by "all means".
A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces in the village of Beit Laqiya northwest of Ramallah on Thursday evening.
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Thursday said that the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip can not take place if Israel's eight-year blockade on the coastal enclave continues.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to advance a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative that would forestall the Palestinians’ application to the UN Security Council to mandate an end to the occupation.
Israel opened the border to the first post-war truckloads of rebuilding material for Gaza on Tuesday and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented what he called destruction "beyond description" in the Palestinian enclave.