Abbas: Ceasefire must include end to Jewish Temple Mount ‘incursions’
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Abbas: Ceasefire must include end to Jewish Temple Mount ‘incursions’

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 The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas must include an end of visits by Jews to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told Egypt and Jordan.Abbas made the demand during separate meetings with the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, Sameh Shoukry and Ayman Safadi, who visited Ramallah in the past 24 hours.

Abbas emphasized the importance of including the PA in any plan to rebuild the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

He also told the Arab ministers that he was ready to work with the US administration and other members of the Quartet – Russia, United Nations, and European Union – to revive the peace process with Israel on the basis of international resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Referring to the ceasefire that went into effect on Friday morning, Abbas told Safadi during a meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday that the period of calm between Israel and Hamas must include “stopping attacks and incursions by extremist settlers, backed by the Israeli occupation forces, on the al-Aqsa Mosque and on our people in the West Bank.”

Palestinians regularly refer to visits by Jews to the Temple Mount as “incursions.” The visits resumed on Sunday after a three-week lull.

During the meeting with Shoukry on Monday, Abbas praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi’s offer to contribute $500 million to rebuild the Gaza Strip. Shoukry said the he delivered a message to Abbas from Sisi affirming Egypt’s solidarity with the PA leadership and Palestinian people.

The visits of the Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministers also came in the context of coordination and consultations with the Palestinians ahead of US Secretary oof State Antony Blinken’s tour of the region.

Abbas told the two Arab ministers that the PA must be part of any plan for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

He also stressed the need to revive the peace process with Israel under the auspices of the Quartet members – the US, United Nations, European Union and Russia – in order to establish an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Safadi said that he delivered a message from King Abdullah to Abbas expressing Jordan’s “support for ending the Israeli aggression on the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the holy sites.”

Speaking to reporters in Ramallah after meeting with PA Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, Safadi described the positions of the US administration toward the Palestinian issue as “positive.”

The Jordanians and Palestinians were discussing how to translate the “positive” positions into deeds in order to achieve a “two-state solution,” Safadi said.

He added that the “escalation in Palestine won’t stop unless Israel halted its illegal measures and assaults on the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Safadi also warned that the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah would be considered a “war crime” that will “lead to an explosion in Palestine.”

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