Israeli-Palestinian talks in Jordan, “no more violence”

Israelis and Palestinians have pledged “to reduce the escalation on the ground and to prevent further violence”. The commitment was made on the occasion of the summit in Aqaba (Jordan) where, according to local sources, the parties allegedly held talks with Egyptians and Jordanians under pressure from the United States. All sides would have underlined “the importance of preserving the historical status quo of the Holy Places in Jerusalem”. Israel and the Palestinians would therefore have declared themselves available “for immediate action to stop unilateral measures for a period of three to six months and by Israel to interrupt any new settlements for six months”.

New meeting in Egypt in March

The five parties present at the talks also “agreed to meet again in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt next March to achieve the objectives” indicated. For the participants it would also be important “to support initiatives aimed at strengthening mutual trust between the two parties in order to address outstanding issues through direct dialogue”. According to the same source, the USA, Egypt and Jordan “consider these agreements positive progress towards the reactivation and deepening of relations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides and are committed to facilitating their implementation, if necessary”.

The participants

Senior Israeli defense officials and representatives of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) are said to have taken part in the meeting in Aqaba, as reported by the media. The same sources reported the participation for Israel of the head of the Shin Bet (Internal Security), Ronen Bar, and of the National Security Adviser, Tzachi Hanegbi. On the Palestinian side, however, close collaborators of President Abu Mazen, including the intelligence chief, Majed Faraj, the PLO secretary, Hussein a-Sheikh, the adviser Majdi al-Khaldi and the presidential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeinah.