An Israeli woman waiting at a bus stop near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and an Israeli soldier in downtown Tel Aviv were killed on Monday in two separate attacks by knife-wielding Palestinian men.
Israeli authorities described both assaults as terrorist attacks. The incidents follow months of violent confrontation between rock-throwing Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, including the Old City and its religious sites.
More violent demonstrations broke out in northern Israel over the weekend after Israeli police shot and killed an Arab Israeli who had slashed at a police car with a knife. A video of that shooting has inflamed both Palestinians and Israelis.
The knife attacks Monday add to growing unease among Israelis that security for ordinary citizens is threatened. Palestinians, too, complain of heavy-handed police operations in Jerusalem that have restricted their movements and led to mass arrests of young people.
The rising number of attacks have led some Israelis to declare the Palestinians on the verge of a third uprising, or intifada.