The Israeli military says forces shot and killed a Palestinian after he tried to stab a soldier in the West Bank.

Thursday's incident is the latest in a four month long outburst of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Some 142 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, of whom 99 are said by Israel to have been attackers. The rest have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Near-daily Palestinian attacks using guns, knives and cars have killed 24 Israelis and one American student.

Israel has struggled to halt the violence, which erupted in mid-September over tensions surrounding a Jerusalem holy site.

Israel says the violence is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement. The Palestinians say it is rooted in frustrations over Israel's nearly 50-year occupation.