Leaders discuss measures to halt violence at holy sites in Jerusalem; US House of Representatives vote in favor to block $370 million in financial aid to Palestinians due to ongoing incitement
United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreed measures made between Israel and Jordan to reduce tension at holy sites in Jerusalem, including round the clock surveillance at the Temple Mount.
Following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman, Kerry stated that Israel agreed to the “suggestion by King Abdullah to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” that will provide “comprehensive visibility and transparency that could really be a game-changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of this holy site”.
Israel will also work in close cooperation with the Muslim Waqf custodians responsible for managing holy sites in order to restore peace and maintain the status quo, in what Kerry stated was Israel’s interest in “order to negate the claims that it is changing the status quo” that would prove “that the provocation is not coming from the Israeli side”.
Kerry called on Israeli and Palestinian leadership to lead, stating that, “All the violence and the incitement to violence must stop. Leaders must lead.”
Additionally, the United States House of Representatives announced it will begin steps in blocking Palestinian aid provided by the State Department in efforts to end Palestinian incitement on the State of Israel. A reported $370 million in aid has been frozen due to Palestinian terror attacks and incitement on social media and Palestinian schools, a clear violation of the Oslo Accords.
The Palestinians receive an estimated $450 million in financial aid annually.