Israelis, Palestinians pledge to curb violence at Jordan meeting

Israeli and Palestinian officers pledged to de-escalate surging violence after meeting on Sunday, issuing a joint assertion by which Israel mentioned it would halt discussions about new settlement objects inside the occupied West financial institution for 4 months.

Attended by senior U.S., Jordanian and Egyptian officers collectively with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations, the meeting in Aqaba, Jordan, was the most important of its sort in years.

The Israeli and Palestinian sides mentioned of their assertion that they might match carefully to forestall “further violence” and “reaffirmed the want of committing to de-escalation on the underside.” They affirmed their dedication to earlier agreements.

Jordan, collectively with its allies Egypt and the usa, mentioned the meeting was an indication of “most important progress in the direction of re-establishing and deepening relations between the two sides.”

however underlining the challenges, Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, acknowledged as the meeting “nugatory,” and condemned the West financial institution-primarily based Palestinian Authority for collaborating.

The meeting was held as nervousness mounts about an escalation in violence inside the run-as a lot as a consequence of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan that begins in late March.

Israel and the Palestinian Authority “confirmed their joint readiness and dedication to immediately work to finish unilateral measures for a interval of three to six months,” the assertion mentioned.

“This consists of an Israeli dedication to cease dialogue of any new settlement objects for 4 months and to cease authorization of any outposts for six months.”

Implications for Netanyahu’s authorities

that might set off trouble in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition authorities, in all likelihood in all likelihood the most proper wing in Israeli historic previous.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who additionally has tasks over Jewish settlements inside the West financial institution, shortly mentioned he wouldn’t abide by any such settlement.

“i do not know what they spoke about or not in Jordan,” Smotrich wrote on Twitter. “however one factor I do know: there’s not going to be a freeze on the constructing and enchancment in settlements, not even for in some unspecified time finally (it is underneath my authority).”

The Palestinians intention to decide an unbiased state inside the West financial institution and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital — territories Israel captured in a 1967 warfare.

however peace talks have been stalled since 2014 and Palestinians say Jewish settlement enlargement has undermined the potentialities of a viable state being established.

Three Palestinian gunmen are shown sitting together at a meeting.
Armed Palestinians attend a information convention to condemn an Israeli-Palestinian meeting hosted by Jordan on Sunday. (Raneen Sawafta/Reuters)

Israel on Feb. 12 granted retroactive authorization to 9 Jewish settler outposts inside the West financial institution and introduced mass constructing of current properties inside established settlements.

A senior Israeli official mentioned there can be no change to the earlier choice regarding authorization of these outposts and 9,500 housing objects. Netanyahu appeared to downplay any dedication, saying Israel would proceed settlement constructing alongside earlier plans, and saying there “is simply not going to be any freeze.”

The UN safety Council issued a appropriate assertion on Feb. 20 denouncing Israel’s plan to broaden settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, the most important movement the usa has allowed the physique to take in the direction of its ally Israel in six years.

‘Historic gathering’

U.S. President Joe Biden thanked Jordan’s King Abdullah for “convening this historic gathering,” U.S. nationwide safety Adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned in a press launch.

“We acknowledge that this meeting was a spot to start and that there is a lot work to do over the approaching weeks and months to assemble a safe and prosperous future for Israelis and Palestinians alike. Implementation shall be vital,” he mentioned.

The contributors will meet as quickly as extra in March in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. They agreed to “preserve constructive momentum and broaden this settlement in the direction of wider political course of ensuing in a simply and lasting peace,” their assertion mentioned.


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