Oct. 4, 2019
U.S. Limits Its Participation at Palestinian Donor Parley – Tovah Lazaroff
The U.S. limited its participation at the bi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for donor aid to the Palestinian Authority last week to “observers only,” U.S. special envoy Jason Greenblatt told the Jerusalem Post. The committee has operated for the last 25 years and the U.S. was previously one of the largest donors.
Greenblatt said, “It’s time for people to recognize that the conventional approach has brought us no closer to a comprehensive peace agreement, and the trajectory of Palestinian lives continues downward. It’s high time to demand more of the Palestinian leaders.”
The Israeli delegation to the meeting spoke with the committee about the harm that Palestinian rocket fire and incendiary devices launched from Gaza caused to civilian life in Israel. It also called on the international community to pressure Hamas to release the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza war and two civilians still held captive in Gaza. (Jerusalem Post)