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May 19, 2024 4:15 pm

Israel, Palestinians pledge moves to curb violence ahead of Ramadan

Israeli and Palestinian officials have pledged to take steps to curb violence ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins later this month. The announcement comes amid heightened tensions in the region, with both sides on edge following recent clashes in Jerusalem and other areas.

In a joint statement, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that they had agreed to “take measures to ensure calm and prevent violence during the holy month of Ramadan.” The statement did not provide details on what specific steps would be taken, but both sides emphasized their commitment to avoiding further conflict.

“We are all aware of the sensitive situation in Jerusalem and the potential for violence,” Gantz said in a statement. “We will do everything in our power to ensure that Ramadan is a time of peace and tranquility for all.”

Abbas echoed Gantz’s sentiments, saying that “we are committed to working with our Israeli counterparts to ensure that this holy month is observed in peace and security.”

The announcement comes after weeks of unrest in the region, fueled in part by a dispute over plans to evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. The situation escalated last week when Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

The violence has raised concerns about a broader conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, with some warning that the situation could spiral out of control if not addressed quickly. The joint statement by Gantz and Abbas is seen as a small step towards de-escalating tensions and avoiding further clashes.

While it remains to be seen whether the pledge will be enough to prevent violence, many are hopeful that it signals a willingness on both sides to work towards a peaceful resolution to the long-standing conflict. With Ramadan fast approaching, all eyes will be on the region to see whether the situation remains calm or erupts into further violence.

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