US Praises Israel over the removal of some West Bank roadblocks June 27, 2009



The United States Administration praised Israel for what it described ‘actions taken to ease the daily life of the Palestinians in the West Bank’, after the Israeli army removed some roadblocks.

State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly, said that the United States appreciates the positive steps, and added that those steps are consistent with what he described as ‘Israel’s commitment to improving the lives of the Palestinians’.

Kelly added that the US understands that there are more steps to be taken.

Responding to a question reading the Palestinian Authority’s request that the Israeli army should stop invading Palestinian controlled area, Kelly said that the US “recognizes Israel’s security concerns that must remain protected’

Kelly also said that Israel would maintain security, but would also maximize the movement of the Palestinians and the goods until achieving a comprehensive peace deal based on the two-state solution.

Israeli Ynet News reported that Israeli and Palestinian sources said that Israel has agreed not to invade Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jericho, and Qalqilia, except in cases ‘where it has intelligence regarding an imminent attack’.

The agreement was reached during a Wednesday evening meeting in Bethlehem. The meeting brought together senior Palestinian and Israeli officials.

Some roadblocks would be removed from the districts of Ramallah, Nablus and Jericho.


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