Israel has rejected a US initiative to hold a summit with Palestinian leaders

The Washington administration is trying to create a “political horizon” in order to resume negotiations between Israel and Palestinian leaders. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed frustration with the stagnation of the peace process and warned of the consequences of continuing the situation.

Last week, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman proposed to Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata that a summit be held between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including representatives of the United States, Egypt and Jordan. Wendy Sherman proposed that the meeting be held in either Washington or the Middle East.

But Eyal Hulata rejected the initiative, arguing that the Israeli government considers that neither side is ready for such a meeting and is not interested in an image initiative that would only generate “a crisis of expectations”.

“We do not like the idea. Past experience has shown that such a crisis of expectations can lead to escalating tensions on the ground,” an Israeli government official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We have nothing to announce,” a Washington State Department spokesman said.

US President Joseph Biden will be touring the Middle East in late June, with visits to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Israeli government officials say Joseph Biden will arrive in Israel on June 23. He will meet with President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and visit an Iron Dome anti-aircraft unit as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem.

On June 24, Joseph Biden will travel to East Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have escalated in recent months in the context of the social situation, settlement activities and the stagnation of the peace process. A series of anti-Israel attacks have killed at least 19 people in Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli army has stepped up counter-terrorism operations in the West Bank, and at least 32 Palestinians have been shot dead in clashes since mid-March. Hundreds more people were injured in the violence.

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