Washington/ PNN /
The United States expressed deep concern over the Israeli government's recent order permitting its citizens to establish a permanent presence in the Homesh outpost located in the northern region of the West Bank. The outpost, deemed illegal under Israeli law due to its construction on private Palestinian land, has raised serious questions about the country's adherence to previous commitments made to international partners.
In a press statement issued on May 21, 2023, Matthew Miller, the Department Spokesperson, highlighted the discrepancy between the Israeli government's actions and the commitments made by former Prime Minister Sharon to the Bush Administration in 2004, as well as the current government's pledges to the Biden Administration. This move to advance Israeli settlements in the West Bank is viewed as a significant obstacle to the realization of a two-state solution.
Moreover, the U.S. government expressed additional concern over a recent provocative visit to the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif in Jerusalem, accompanied by inflammatory rhetoric. Emphasizing the significance of this sacred site, the U.S. called for its preservation and stressed that it should not be exploited for political purposes. In this regard, all parties were urged to respect the sanctity of the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif.
Furthermore, the U.S. reiterated its steadfast support for the historical status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites, emphasizing the special role of Jordan as the custodian of Muslim holy sites in the city. This reaffirmation highlights the United States' longstanding position on the matter.
The Israeli government's decision to allow settlements in the West Bank and recent events in Jerusalem have added further complexity to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The United States, along with other international actors, continues to stress the importance of respecting existing agreements and finding a sustainable path toward peace in the region.