Thursday, November 5, 2015

US administration puts pressure on PA to stop intifada


America has been doing its best to put pressure on Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to end the ongoing Palestinian intifada, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalahhas reported.
Last Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry directly accused the PA of inciting violence against Israel. “Palestinian leaders must propose solutions to keep their life away from violence in order to save Israel’s safety and security,” he said.
Kerry also reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself, saying that he considers current events in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem to be instances of “violence and terrorism,” and that such measures will not lead to the successful imposition of a two-state solution.
“Israel and Washington recognise that the Al-Quds intifada has had positive impact on the Palestinians as it has united them,” Political analyst Ibrahim Jaber, from Nazareth said. “Thus, they put more pressure on the PA to deter such popular activities.”
Jaber expected that the US will continue its pressure on the PA in order to deter the intifada. “The PA is based on American aid and the US might stop this aid in the coming months as part of its putting pressure on Abbas,” he said.
“However, the PA security services are sticking to their security cooperation with the Israeli occupation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Israeli website Wallah, which has close ties to the Israeli intelligence services, said that there is an “open hotline between Netanyahu’s office and Abbas’ office” regarding cooperation to deal with the intifada.

Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth also revealed that a meeting to discuss the intifada that was held last week in the office of the Central Command of the Israeli army was attended by PA security officers.

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