Ending Israeli settlement in the Palestinian terrains important step for trust-building

Israel: Ending Israeli settlement in the Palestinian territories, mainly in East Jerusalem, is a key step for trust-building with the Jewish state, a senior official said here. Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told before media that "the Israeli settlement building and the confiscation of Palestinian land must stop.”.

He said "We presented to the United States the ideas and steps for trust-building with Israel," Majdalani said, noting that the ideas were not discussed after the new Israeli government was formed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Adding that  trust-building doesn't only mean easing economic and financial measures for the Palestinians or arranging security coordination between the two sides, but also means changing the Israeli policies.

On Sunday, the local al-Quds daily reported that in July, the Palestinian side handed US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hadi Amr a document of trust-building measures with Israel. The newspaper published that the document called for bringing the Palestinian-Israeli relations to pre-2000 and resuming the direct peace negotiations between the two sides, which stopped in 2014. The document included 30 items related to security, political and economic demands, including freezing settlements, maintaining the status quo at al-Aqsa Mosque and stopping demolishing Palestinian homes, it said.

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