At an urgent security conference with Palestinian representatives on Sunday in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba, Israel, the Palestinians agreed to scale back their counterterrorism operations in Judea and Samaria.
“We’re going to give it a shot. We won’t intervene unless there are ticking time bombs or an immediate operational need, a top security officer told Ynet.
Representatives from the United States and Egypt also participated in the discussion to ease tensions before Ramadan in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip.
According to reports, the Israeli mission included Tzachi Hanegbi and Ronen Bar, the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), while Majed Faraj, the head of intelligence for the Palestinian Authority, led the Israeli delegation. White House Middle East acted as the United States representative.
According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, “Israel accepted the American offer to participate in the meeting, during which the security representatives from the participating countries will discuss ways to defuse tensions in the region ahead of the [Muslim holiday] month of Ramadan.”
The political-security meeting is part of increased continuous efforts by [Amman] in conjunction with the Palestinian Authority and other parties to end unilateral measures [by Israel] and a breakdown that could incite further bloodshed, according to a Jordanian official quoted by Israeli media.
The gathering occurs as Israel continues its counterterrorism effort in Judea and Samaria, brought on by several deadly attacks.