The violence in East Jerusalem prompted the Arab League, the United Nations and the United States to try to pour oil on the waves. Sources in the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told DN that Qatar, which accounts for a large portion of the Gaza regime’s spending, and the United Arab Emirates are particularly active in behind-the-scenes diplomacy.
“We are working with the parties to reduce the situation in Jerusalem and around the Gaza Strip,” Taur Winsland, the UN coordinator for the peace process, told the Palestinian news agency Wafa.
The newly appointed Norwegian diplomat said he was “very concerned about what was happening” and called for “an end to the rocket fire from Gaza and the provocations in Jerusalem.”
Riots in Jerusalem It often erupts during the month of Ramadan, but this time the disagreements are well suited to the governments involved. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is acting enthusiastically to convince President Joe Biden that the United States will not join the nuclear deal between the great powers with Iran. He does not want the night disputes in his hometown to replace Iran as the topic of the day.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also found himself in an awkward position. Missiles directed against Israel from Gaza are giving rivals in the Islamist Hamas movement a tailwind in the ongoing election campaign. As usual in the past, Hamas can demonstrate that it is continuing “resistance” while Abbas cooperates with Israel.
On recent nights, after the end of Lent, Palestinian youths confronted Israeli soldiers at a number of hotspots in the West Bank. Most of them chanted slogans of Hamas or of internal opposition to Abbas in Fatah.
Over the past week Many peaceful bystanders, Jews and Arabs, were beaten by randy perpetrators. But Israeli Police Minister Amir Ohana and the chief of Jerusalem Police unilaterally referred to the Arabs of the city as the crux of the problem, regardless of the racist anti-Arab Lihava movement, which played a major role in the fighting. Ohana is one of Netanyahu’s closest allies, and his hawkish rhetoric is directed primarily at supporters of the ruling Likud party.
But it looks like Israel will have to make concessions to end the riots quickly. The concession that was discussed is the cancellation of the special decree that came into effect at the beginning of Ramadan, regarding the stairs leading to Damascus Gate, the most important entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The place is a favorite for Palestinian youth, but tourists and market customers who pass by in large numbers sometimes find it difficult to move around. For security reasons, according to an Israeli police decree, it is now forbidden to sit on the stairs, a decision that sparked great anger among young people.
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