Why the Palestinians and Israel are now at odds
The US is pressuring Israel to cancel the planned construction of a new fence on the Palestinian-Israeli border, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz on Tuesday, as he urged the Palestinians to withdraw from the Oslo Accords.
The senior Israeli source said the Palestinians have to decide between abandoning the agreement they signed with the Israelis in 1992 and leaving Israel, or continuing to work on a solution that would bring them peace.
In a statement, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said Israel would be ready to cancel any agreements with the Palestinians that were not approved by the United Nations Security Council, but did not elaborate.
“The Palestinians are not satisfied with the implementation of the Oslo agreement,” the statement said.
“They need to put their feet on the accelerator to bring about a solution to the conflict.”
Last month, the Palestinians agreed to suspend construction on new settlements built on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for three years, in a deal that drew strong condemnation from the United States and its allies.
Israel also agreed to build the 1,000-mile (1,800-kilometer) separation barrier between Israel and the West Banks and the eastern Gaza Strip.
Israel has not commented on the new deal.