Israeli team travels to Ramallah, makes concessions to Palestinians
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 6:24
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has stressed that reaching a peace agreement with Palestine would be determined by security concerns to ensure Israel's safety. In October 2010, Israel revoked his Jerusalem ID and expelled him to the occupied West Bank, Middle East Monitor reports.
The longstanding USA position is that Jerusalem's fate must be worked out through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. There was also heartwarming coverage in the Palestinian press, much thanks to the special letter that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent to the rally and that was read aloud to the applause of the crowd.
The Palestinians have limited self rule in the rest of the West Bank, which they seek, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, for a future state. It is beyond time for the United States to move the Embassy to Jerusalem.
Asked whether Trump would agree to the embassy's move, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: "Once we have a decision, we'll put it out", adding there would be "something very soon on that". Trump says he still favors the move, but that the delay is meant to help with peace talks.
The PA has been paying 40 million shekels ($11.3 million) a month for 125 megawatts, but recently said it was now only prepared to pay for 20-25 million shekels ($7 million) a month for electricity to Gaza.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed during Bill Clinton's first term in 1995, but has been waived every six months by U.S. presidents ever since.
More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the ongoing tensions since the beginning of October 2015.
Progressive group J Street, which favors a two-state peace deal with the Palestinians, welcomed the delay to a move that could imperil efforts to find a deal on the status of the city negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.
He said he did not want to say more for fear of repercussions.
Cabinet Minister Yuval Steinitz says the refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital makes no sense.
But in a new twist, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said he would block any additional electricity cuts until further review.
He has since said the move was still being looked at.