Israeli and Palestinian officials pledged to “prevent further violence” and work for “de-escalation”, according to a joint statement released after the two sides met in Jordan today.

“Senior Jordanian, Egyptian, Israeli, Palestinian and American officials,” attended this meeting held in the Red Sea city of Aqaba, and, after “thorough and frank discussions,” “affirmed the need to engage in de-escalation on the ground and prevent further violence,” the eight-point statement reads.

The meeting on “politics and security” was aimed at discussing a calm in the occupied Palestinian territories after several days of deadly violence, according to Jordanian state television.

This was the first such meeting in years between Palestinians and Israelis, with regional and international participation to discuss the situation in the Palestinian Territories, according to the same source.

At the end of the talks, the Israeli government and the Palestinian National Authority “reaffirmed their shared will and commitment” to act immediately to halt the unilateral measures for a period of 3 to 6 months.

This includes Israel’s commitment to halt discussions on the creation of new settlement units for a period of 4 months and not to legalize “illegal” settlements for a period of 6 months, according to the communique.

As the meeting was underway, two Israelis were killed in a Palestinian “attack” in the northern West Bank — Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 — according to a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

This meeting was attended by Palestinian Intelligence Chief Mazed Faraz, Israel’s Internal Security (Shin Bet) Chief Ronen Barr, US National Security Council Middle East Coordinator Brett McGurk, as well as Jordanian and Egyptian officials .