Jordan to host Israel-Palestine talks as violence escalates

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Jordanian official says the talks in Red Sea port of Aqaba is a part of an effort to halt ‘a security breakdown that could fuel more violence’.

Jordan is about to host a gathering between prime Israeli and Palestinian officers in a bid to halt a surge in lethal violence within the occupied West Bank that has stoked fears of a wider escalation, in response to officers.

The assembly on Sunday might be held within the Red Sea port of Aqaba and might be attended by representatives from the United States and Egypt.

The deliberate talks come days after Israeli forces carried out a raid within the occupied West Bank metropolis of Nablus that killed 11 Palestinians. The dying toll in Wednesday’s raid was the very best because the second Intifada of 2000-2005.

The intensifying violence has killed 62 Palestinian adults and youngsters because the begin of this 12 months. Ten Israelis and a Ukrainian vacationer have died in the identical interval. The United Nations in the meantime mentioned final 12 months was the deadliest interval for Palestinians within the occupied West Bank since 2006, with Israeli forces killing 171 Palestinians, together with 30 kids, in that interval.

A Jordanian authorities official, chatting with the AFP information company, mentioned Sunday’s “political-security meeting is part of stepped-up ongoing efforts by Jordan in coordination with the Palestinian Authority and other parties to end unilateral measures [by Israel] and a security breakdown that could fuel more violence”.

The talks intention to agree “security and economic measures to ease the hardships of the Palestinian people,” mentioned the official, who requested anonymity.

The Reuters information company quoted an unnamed Jordanian official as additionally saying that “such a meeting has not happened in years … It’s a major achievement to get them together.”

Earlier this month, Jordan’s King Abdullah met US President Joe Biden and held talks together with his Middle East envoy Brett McGurk through which Washington — a staunch ally of Israel, Egypt and Jordan — warned of the threats to regional safety and lobbied for a resumption of stalled talks on Palestinian statehood. McGurk is about to participate in Sunday’s assembly, in response to officers.

King Abdullah additionally met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jordan’s capital, Amman, in January.

The king careworn “the need to maintain calm and cease all acts of violence”, the royal palace mentioned on the time.

Abdullah additionally reaffirmed Jordan’s place in help of a two-state answer between Israel and the Palestinians to finish the decades-old battle.

Jordan has been involved about stepped-up Jewish settlement constructing, and has accused Israel of making an attempt to vary the established order in Jerusalem’s holy websites. Israel denies the allegation.

Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip within the 1967 Middle East conflict, territories the Palestinians look for an unbiased state.

Palestinian statehood talks have been stalled for almost a decade.