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Quartet Report on Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate to Be Released

UN Chief Ban, in Israel on an official visit, is said to have briefed Jerusalem on report. Netanyahu has been making efforts to soften report, which is expected to be harshly critical of Israel.

The Middle East Quartet's report on the impasse in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians will be released on Wednesday, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said during meetings in Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli officials told Haaretz.
Last week it was reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was making last-ditch efforts to soften the report, which is expected to harshly criticize Israeli policy in the West Bank. 
Both senior Israeli officials and Western diplomats told Haaretz that a draft of the report has been completed and sent for review and approval to the foreign ministers of the Quartet’s members – the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia.
The Quartet foreign ministers decided to draft the report at a meeting in Munich last February, spurred by the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process, the deteriorating security situation in the West Bank and the French peace initiative. A statement published after that meeting raised the possibility – for the first time – of cooperation between the Quartet and the UN Security Council. That sparked fears in Israel that the Quartet report was intended as a prelude to a more far-reaching move on the Israeli-Palestinian issue at the Security Council.
The report is expected to include two parts:
1. The first part will describe and analyze the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the impasse in the peace process, the escalating violence and the detrimental steps each side has taken. This section is expected to criticize the Palestinians for incitement and violence against Israel, as well as for the domestic political rift between Fatah and Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s haplessness with regard to reconstructing Gaza following the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel.
Nevertheless, most of the criticism in this section is expected to be aimed at Israel. It will focus primarily on construction in the settlements and Israel’s policy in Area C – the part of the West Bank that was assigned to full Israeli civilian and security control under the Oslo Accords. Inter alia, the report is likely to criticize the demolition of Palestinian houses in Area C and other measures that make Palestinians’ lives there difficult. It is expected to say that Israel’s policy threatens the ability to realize a two-state solution.
2. The second, shorter part of the report will make recommendations for confidence-building measures that each side should take to improve the atmosphere and to preserve the possibility of resuming direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and implementing a two-state solution in the future. These recommendations are expected to deal with construction in the settlements, Israeli policy in Area C and Palestinian incitement, among other issues.
“The recommendations are the central and most important part of the report,” one Western diplomat said. “The recommendations will essentially be an expansion of the Quartet’s previous recommendations from September. The main message is expected to be that there are very negative trends with regard to the two-state solution, and these are the steps that must be taken to change direction. We believe the goal is positive, and it will be possible to use the report as a tool to make progress and do something useful to advance the two-state solution.”

Barak Ravid
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.727481Schermata 2016 06 28 alle 09.11.23

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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