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Netanyahu rejects the call from the Biden administration to “pause” construction in Judea and Samaria

By 02/07/2023 5:11 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a request from the Biden administration to temporarily cease demolitions of unauthorized Arab structures in Judea, Samaria, and the eastern portion of Jerusalem.

Israeli officials did emphasize that these activities would not end ultimately, but they would make temporary accommodations.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly made the plea during his visit to Israel last week to defuse tensions in the face of widespread Palestinian terrorism, according to Axios.

According to reports, Washington demanded that Jerusalem “halt” the actions for a few months and that the Palestinian Authority fully restore security coordination with Israel and defer any further U.N. sanctions. institutions, and other global organizations.

P.A. On January 26, after an IDF raid in Jenin that resulted in nine deaths during violent fighting, Mahmoud Abbas declared that Ramallah would no longer cooperate in security matters.

It was unusual for Israeli security forces to launch a massive counterterrorism operation in Jenin during the day, but it did so because it was crucial to foiling a significant terror plot.

Security sources claim that this scheme involves an impending attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad on Israelis.
Days later, Abbas reportedly delivered a four-part warning to CIA Director William Burns during a meeting in Ramallah: 1) Intelligence cooperation with Israel continues; 2) The P.A. He can’t denounce the latest attacks in Jerusalem because doing so would be “political suicide,” but he will continue to fight to stop terrorist activities, security cooperation with Israel will be reinstituted to reduce tensions, 3.) Security cooperation with Israel will be renewed to calm tensions, and 4) He cannot condemn the recent attacks in Jerusalem as doing so would be “political suicide.”

Due to pressure from the United States, Netanyahu reportedly intervened on Monday to postpone the demolition of an unauthorized structure in eastern Jerusalem.

The enormous structure shelters 100 people and is situated in the southeast Israeli capital’s Arab Silwan/Shiloah area’s Wadi Qaddum neighborhood.

Years have passed since the unlawful building was supposed to be demolished, yet the demolition has been put off amid an international outcry.

According to Axios, Netanyahu stated last week during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris that he would not halt all development across the Green Line but would be “far less” than what his various coalition said partners are asking for.

The Israeli government requested a four-month extension from the Supreme Court earlier this month to respond to a judgment requiring the fulfillment of demolition orders against the unlawful Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar.

The state had nine times before made a postponement request.

The legal battle over the issue began in 2009 when Israeli NGO Regavim filed its first petition against what it called “the Palestinian Authority’s flagship outpost in the systematic takeover of Area C” of Judea and Samaria.

The encampment is built on state land belonging to the city of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem.

While the Supreme Court has rejected the residents’ appeal and upheld lower courts’ rulings ordering Khan al-Ahmar to be evacuated, previous governments, including those led by Netanyahu, have asked for and received deferments.



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