On Friday. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says Israel is conducting “extra-judicial executions” of Palestinian stabbers, shooters and drivers using their vehicles to mow down innocent Israelis.
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Saturday that the Palestinian Authority is at risk of dissolving if the status quo continues with Israel.
Israel says the spate of violence is due to incitement by Palestinian leaders over the Jerusalem holy site as well as videos encouraging violence spread on social media.
“The continued settlement growth raises honest questions about Israel’s long-term intentions and will only make separating from the Palestinians much more hard”, he said. It came after a scorching speech to the forum the previous evening by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warning that Israel’s settlement policies were leading toward a one-state outcome.
He said that Israel would have to shoulder some of responsibility, such as providing basic services in the West Bank, if the Palestinian Authority collapsed.
A Palestinian man was shot and killed on Sunday evening in Jerusalem after he ran over an Israeli and stabbed another, Israeli police said.
The PA has repeatedly blamed Israel for the lack of peace talks, which were suspended after an attempt to form a unity government between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and resistance movement Hamas – the two Palestinian factions that respectively govern the occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday evening that the only solution to the conflict is a “demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state”. He “spoke more despairingly, my friends, than I have ever heard him, about the sense of hopelessness that the Palestinian people feel”, Kerry said.
Israeli forces have killed 102 Palestinians in the same period, of whom 63 were identified by Israel as assailants or caught on camera carrying out assaults.
Kerry said both sides need to take urgent steps to renew a dialogue. “That’s the problem today”. Israelis, who fear this scenario and see a future of internecine conflict, global economic boycotts and increasing isolation want a pullout now, from at least most of the West Bank, even without an agreement with the Palestinians.
Kerry called US support for a two-state solution the “glue” of Washington’s overall strategy for the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday described recent Swedish criticisms of Israeli security measures against alleged Palestinian attackers as “scandalous remarks” following a week of diplomatic rows between the Jewish state and a handful of European countries.
“If the Israelis don’t hurry up to implement the two-state solution on the ground, they will lose”, said Ahmed Qurei, a longtime Palestinian negotiator.
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