JERUSALEM (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pressing for calm during a visit to Jerusalem.

Ban spoke at a press conference with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, soon after a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israelis in the latest in a series of attacks.

"My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians," he said. "I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control," he said. "It's not too late to avoid a broader crisis."

Ban is set to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during his visit.