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Tensions rise between Israel, Palestinians ahead of Biden visit

While tensions are escalating on the diplomatic level, IDF troops continue Operation Break the Wave to curb spiraling violence in the West Bank and Israel.
A picture taken from the E1 corridor, a super-sensitive area of the occupied West Bank, shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the background on June 30, 2020.

Israel has yet to react to reports this morning that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas might decide to cut ties with Israel. Still, the escalation of tensions between the sides is evident on several levels. Officials in Jerusalem are concerned that these tensions could harm the expected visit to Israel of President Joe Biden June 24.

Reports yesterday said Israel’s Subcommittee on Objections of the Higher Planning Council (HPC) of the Civil Administration will resume discussions next month over plans for 3,412 housing units in the controversial E1 area near Jerusalem. The Subcommittee’s official agenda notice scheduled discussions for two construction plans. Discussions over these plans were frozen for several years following American and European pushback. Several Palestinian groups and Israeli NGOs have submitted over the years reservations over the plans. They are now set to be heard July 18.

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