Press release on developments in Jerusalem
Tensions remain high around Jerusalem and its holy sites. According to the local media and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, over 150 Palestinians were injured and 6 killed as a result of clashes between Israeli soldiers and young Palestinians.
At the same time, positive steps taken recently to de-escalate tensions give reason to believe that it is possible to find a solution and normalise the situation. In particular, Israeli authorities have removed additional security measures introduced in the area of the holy sites of Jerusalem, including metal detectors and security cameras. We are pleased to note that this allowed worshippers to attend the Friday prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 28, for the first time since the terrorist attack on July 14.
We believe that the most important thing today is for the parties to abide by the earlier decisions to return to the status quo of the holy sites in East Jerusalem and to give up any unilateral actions that could predetermine the final solution of the key issues in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, including the status of Jerusalem.