Israeli soldiers wounded 10 Palestinians on Saturday in the third straight day of Arab-Israeli clashes, witnesses said.
The violence centered on the West Bank town of Hebron and Arab East Jerusalem, two days after heavy clashes in which Israeli soldiers shot dead several Palestinians.The three days of unrest underscored growing Palestinian frustration over a 14-month deadlock in peacemaking and over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rejection of an American initiative to break the impasse.
In Amman, Jordan's King Hussein criticized Netanyahu's "contradictory" attitudes to peace and said Israel was slipping into a fortress mentality.
Speaking after talks with visiting Swiss President Flavio Cotti, the monarch said he could not understand what relations the Israeli leader wanted with his neighbors.
"I have been rather puzzled recently . . . by contradictory statements by the Israeli prime minister. In one interview he was suggesting that peace should be between governments and not between people," he said.
Hussein later met Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to discuss the foundering peace talks and the latest outbreak of violence.
"I put him (King Hussein) in the picture of what had been done against our people by Israeli snipers and Israeli soldiers and settlers. He promised he will follow up," Arafat told reporters after returning from Amman.