By David Lawder and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears to have locked up enough support among his fellow Republicans to be nominated for speaker, but has not nailed down the 218 votes needed to be elected by the full chamber, Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday. House of Representatives Republicans are scheduled to cast secret ballots on Thursday on their choice to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning from Congress on Oct. 30. McCarthy, currently the No. 2 House Republican, and the front-runner in the race, has two announced Republican opponents for the job - House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Representative Daniel Webster of Florida.
New violence rocked Israel and the West Bank on Wednesday, including three stabbings and an Arab shot dead by police, as Israeli and Palestinian leaders tried to ease tensions. In the occupied West Bank, men thought to be undercover Israeli police opened fire on Palestinian stone-throwers in a group they had infiltrated, wounding three of them. Four masked men suddenly drew pistols and began firing before soldiers rushed to the scene and helped haul away the wounded Palestinians.