Elderly Israelis wounded in latest Middle East stabbings

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Elderly Israelis wounded in latest Middle East stabbings

<p>Elderly Israelis were among those stabbed as violence flared again in the Middle East on Monday.</p> <p>Three people were attacked by a knife-wielding assailant on the rampage in the Israeli city of Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv.</p> <p>An 80-year-old woman was among two who were seriously injured.</p> <p>The attack ended when the assailant was cornered in a shop. Police say a 19-year-old Palestinian was overpowered and taken into custody.</p> <p>But as angry Israelis protested at the bloodshed more than a month into the latest upsurge of Middle East violence, a 70-year-old man was stabbed and seriously wounded in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv. </p> <p>Israeli authorities said the Palestinian attacker in his 20s was shot and injured by police.</p> <p>Earlier Israeli forces say they shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier near a checkpoint in the West Bank.</p> <p>The rising violence has seen 11 Israelis killed in stabbings and shootings by Palestinians.</p> <p>And since October 1, around 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire – many of them armed attackers, Israel says, while others were shot during violent anti-Israel protests. </p> <p>The spiral of violence prompted a warning from one of Israel’s best known voices on the international stage, former President Shimon Peres.</p> <p>“Israel should implement the two-state solution for her own sake,” he said, pointing out that Israel could lose its Jewish-majority status.</p> <p>“There are no alternatives,” he added. </p> <p>“The alternatives to two states is a continued war and nobody can maintain a war forever.”</p>