The Israeli military says it has shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint.

Sunday's incident comes after Israel's military chief urged soldiers to use only "necessary force" in subduing attacks. Earlier Sunday, security forces said they managed to apprehend two potential attackers in a non-lethal manner.

The assaults were the latest in months of near-daily Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, which have killed 28 Israelis since mid-September. During that time, some 166 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, the majority said by Israel to be attackers. The rest died in clashes.

Israel says the violence is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement. Palestinians say it's from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli rule and dwindling hopes for gaining independence.