Israel to temporarily restrict West Bank settlements following Egypt summit

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AMMAN — Israel has committed to a temporary freeze on discussions regarding new West Bank settlements and the legalization of outposts, following a multilateral summit with Palestinian officials in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh. اضافة اعلان

The announcement comes as the parties attempt to negotiate calm in the region ahead of Ramadan.

In previous years Ramadan has seen violence from Israeli forces, particularly around Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, Islam's third holiest site, known as the Temple Mount by Jews.

Ramadan coincides this year with Judaism's Passover and Christian Easter.

Talks for settlements suspended for four monthsAccording to a communique released by Jordan's Foreign Ministry, Israel has agreed to suspend talks aimed at establishing new West Bank settlements for four months, as well as halting the authorization of outposts for a period of six months.

The move was made following talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials, as well as representatives from Egypt, Jordan, and the US.

The communique also highlighted the "legal right" of the Palestinian Authority to carry out security responsibilities over Area A of the West Bank.

The parties also agreed to reconvene for further discussions in Egypt in April, in a bid to further promote peace and stability in the region.

US commitment to ‘hold off new settlement moves’In the joint statement, Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, and US officials reiterated their commitment to holding off on new settlement moves, which had previously been denied by Israel.

Almost a month ago, a summit was held in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba that focused on de-escalation in the region.

During the Aqaba meeting, the need for "commitment to de-escalation on the ground" was affirmed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as stated by Jordan's Foreign Ministry.

Additionally, Israel made a commitment to "halt discussions regarding any new settlement units for four months and to cease authorization of any outposts for six months," as per the US State Department.

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