Israelis and Palestinians agree to curb Jordan-mediated violence

Israelis and Palestinians agree to curb Jordan-mediated violence

Jordan announced on Sunday that Israelis and Palestinians had agreed to reduce violence and avoid further violence after an unusually high-level meeting, also attended by representatives from the United States and Egypt. However, the actual implementation of this commitment is uncertain, as both the Israeli government’s hardline and the Palestinian Hamas movement quickly rejected the outcome. While the encounter was taking place in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, a Palestinian killed two Israelis during a shootout in a town near Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, where Israeli settlers later attacked several Palestinians and attacked some homes. This is reported by a local human rights organization.

In the statement released at the end of the meeting in the Red Sea city, Jordan explained that the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are committed to ending the unilateral action in the coming months. In this sense, according to the source, the former accepted four months of freezing discussions about new settlements and six months of legalizing incipient settlements inhabited by a few settlers who illegally built their houses as outposts for the arrival of other settlers, much more numerous. According to Jordan, Israel also agreed to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including the Esplanade of the Mosques in the Old City, considered the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam and which is still in Jordan’s symbolic custody. . Also, the parties present at the meeting agreed to meet again in Egypt in March. The United States sees the meeting as a starting point, but has indicated that there is still work to be done in the coming weeks.

Shortly after Jordan released the statement, however, Israel’s far-right finance minister Bezalel Smotrich tweeted that he was unaware of the Aqaba agreements and that in any case, “the construction and development of the settlements will not be discontinued”. not even for a day.” Smotrich recalled that settlement planning and construction decisions are his responsibility since last week. Similarly, the country’s National Security Minister, Ultra Itmar Ben Gvir, said in a post on the same social network that “what was in Jordan (if it was) will stay in Jordan.”

Hamas, for its part, condemned the Palestinian Authority’s participation in the meeting. The movement that rules the Gaza Strip believes the agreement goes against the Palestinian national consensus and is an attempt to cover up and give green light to Israeli crimes. In its own statement, Hamas asked the Palestinian Authority to end its coordination on security issues with the Israeli security forces and to urge it to stop this kind of negotiation process, which it considers useless and absurd.

While the encounter was taking place in Aqaba, a Palestinian attacker killed two Israeli brothers who were in their car in a West Bank town near the city of Nablus. Following news of the attack, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian residents in at least two towns in the same area, setting fire to and destroying vehicles and throwing stones at some homes, local human rights group Yesh Din documented.

Those talks in Jordan came after the Israeli army killed 11 Palestinians, including four civilians, and injured hundreds last Wednesday in an attack on the city of Nablus, the deadliest attack on the occupied West Bank since 2005. Thursday morning’s schedule also limited attacks . Since the beginning of this year, Israeli forces have killed more than 60 Palestinians, including civilians and some children, while Palestinian attackers have killed 10 Israelis.

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Source: La Neta Neta

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