Biden condemns Palestinian attack that killed American

Biden condemns Palestinian attack that killed American
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Vice President Biden on Tuesday condemned a Palestinian stabbing attack in the Israeli city of Jaffa that left an American tourist dead. 
 
Biden made the comments during a meeting with former Israeli President Shimon Peres in nearby Tel Aviv, his office said.  
 
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The vice president said that “there is no justification for such acts of terror,” according to a statement. 
 
“He expressed his sorrow at the tragic loss of American life and offered his condolences to the family of the American citizen murdered in the attack, as well as his wishes for a full and quick recovery for the wounded.”
 
The comments came shortly after a Palestinian suspect stabbed a total of seven people in a violent spree in the port city of Jaffa, which sits right next to Israel’s second-largest city. 
 
Police did not release the identity of the victim who was killed. The suspect was shot and killed by police after wounding six others.
 
Biden’s two-day trip to Israel comes amid a five-month wave of attacks by Palestinians against Israeli security forces and civilians. 
 
A Palestinian woman was shot dead Tuesday in Jerusalem after attempting to stab a police officer just hours before Biden’s arrival. 
 
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters he does not expect the violence to affect Biden’s itinerary, which includes meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
 
One day before the visit, the White House and Netanyahu’s office squabbled over the Israeli leader’s scrapped visit to the U.S.
 
White House officials claimed they first learned of Netanyahu’s decision to cancel the planned trip through media reports. Netanyahu’s office responded that it informed Obama aides beforehand it was seriously considering not making the trip. 
 
“We’ll see,” Earnest said when asked whether the spat would make Biden’s meeting with Netanyahu awkward. “If anybody can handle it, it's the vice president.”