PA, Israel launch discussions at Sharm El-Sheikh Summit

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AMMAN — The Sharm El-Sheikh Summit between Israel andthe Palestinian Authority began on Sunday, with the participation of US diplomat Brett McGurk and the foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt.اضافة اعلان

The talks aim to calm the security tensions in the West Bank in the lead-up to the holy month of Ramadan, news outlets reported.

During the summit, the two sides are slated to discuss issues raised at the Aqaba Summit in February, including halting unilateral Israeli measures in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, strengthening the Palestinian Authority's ability to allay tensions emanating from its territory, and developing joint ventures.

Hamas reactionIn a statement, Hamas condemned the participation of the Palestinian Authority in the Sharm El-Sheikh summit, calling for an end to “all kinds of security coordination” between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

The statement said that, since the Aqaba summit, this cooperation has only led to an increase in escalation in the West Bank

A bloody year2023 has been a bloody year in the occupied Palestinian Territories, with the Palestinian Ministry of Health reporting the killing of 89 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem at the hands of Israelis, 16 of them children under the age of 17.

Meanwhile, 14 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian gunmen, and at least 30 others have been injured.

Some, including CIA chief Bill Burns, have expressed fears of an impending third Palestinian Intifada in light of rising tensions in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, citing a similar on-the-ground reality to that preceding the Second Intifada.

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