Quartet issues rare statement on West Bank violence, settlement building and PA’s fiscal woes

After a meeting in Norway of key donors to the Palestinians, envoys from the Middle East Quartet — made up of the US, EU, UN and Russia — issue a rare statement.

“The envoys welcome steps announced by Israel to reach out to the Palestinian Authority and to assist with the fiscal crisis,” the statement says.

The envoys add that they are “deeply concerned by developments in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, including ongoing acts of violence in the West Bank, the advancement of new settlement units, the untenable fiscal crisis within the Palestinian Authority and threats of violence from the Gaza Strip.”

“In this context, the Quartet highlights the urgent need for​ all parties to take additional steps to address these challenges directly through fiscal and other reforms, as well as to avoid unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and undermine the prospects for peace,” the statement says.

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