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JERUSALEM (AP) — A series of grisly Palestinian attacks that killed several Israeli civilians has prompted the government to take unprecedented security measures amid growing public debate over whether the specter of another Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, is on the horizon.
Israel barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City Sunday amid fears of further violence after attacks killed two Israelis and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of "a fight to the death against Palestinian terror". Netanyahu convened his ministers of defence and internal security and top security officials immediately after landing back in Israel Sunday from delivering a speech to the UN General Assembly. The Old City restrictions announced earlier Sunday by police will be in place for two days, with only Israelis, tourists, residents of the area, business owners and students allowed.