Israel's military says a Palestinian was shot and killed after he stabbed and wounded a soldier in the West Bank.

It says that when soldiers chased Palestinians who had been throwing rocks at them near a Jewish settlement on Wednesday, one of the Palestinians stabbed a soldier, who responded by opening fire. The wounded soldier was taken to a hospital.

Since September, Palestinians have killed 34 Israelis and two visiting Americans in attacks. Some 207 Palestinians have been killed in that time, most of them identified as attackers by Israel.

Israel blames the violence on a campaign of incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders. The Palestinians say it is rooted in decades of living under military rule and fading hopes for independence.