Sources confirmed that one of the Israeli settlers, Ari Fold, 40, a father of four children, died after the stabbing attack.
"Killing, expanding settlement [s], destruction, and the uprooting of the Palestinian population will not bring peace or security", President Abbas said in a meeting with former Israeli left-wing lawmakers on Sunday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. Video footage shows other civilians on the scene chasing and shooting the attacker, whom Israeli media identified as a 17-year-old from a nearby Palestinian village.
Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza said that three Palestinians were shot dead and hundreds injured by Israeli soldiers' gunfire in various areas in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.
The campaign began as near-daily attacks against Israelis but has since decreased significantly. He was known for his hard-line nationalist ideology and strong support for the Israeli military.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Fuld on Facebook for fighting his attacker "heroically" and remembered him as "an advocate for Israel who fought to spread the truth".
One Israeli soldier has been killed since then.
"When the rockets were falling, that's when he would get in his auto and go down to Sderot", Hasten said.
So far, over 170 Palestinians have been killed and over 19,000 injured in the weekly protests.
"He did not hold back on his opinions", Hasten said.
David Friedman, the USA ambassador to Israel, said on Twitter that "America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist". The closure came on the 25th anniversary of the Oslo accords, the first agreements between the rival Israelis and Palestinians which promised to end decades of deadly conflict, but which are now deadlocked and tarnished by soured relations.
The Israeli military said it used force necessary to prevent border breaches by some 12,000 Palestinians who massed at several points near the fence, some of them hurling rocks and firebombs at troops under cover of smoke from burning tires.