The former US envoy for peace in the Middle East, Martin Indyk, said that despite the concern that the US administration asserted that it had about the confrontations in Jerusalem, he ruled out taking a position further.
In statements to the “Beyond the News” program on (8/5/2021), the former American official explained that US President Joe Biden does not consider the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis and the problems of the Middle East his first priority, but rather that he set his priorities in facing the Corona pandemic, and paying attention to the recovery of the American economy, As well as facing Chinese and Russian challenges.
Nevertheless, Indyk confirmed that the US administration is convinced that Israel is the reason for the recent escalation in Jerusalem, as it took the initiative to restrict the worshipers and close the Damascus Gate in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in front of them, and it also resorted to escalation through its efforts to displace Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.
According to Andyk, Israel is seeking, from behind the escalation, to obstruct any American or international efforts to mediate with the Palestinians, in a manner that does not serve the interests and ambitions of Israel. Which he accused of being unfair and illogical; At a time when it wants to deport Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, under the pretext that they were homes for the Jews nearly 100 years ago, it refuses to allow about 3 million Palestinians to demand to return to their homes that they evacuated from since 1948.
Andyk emphasized that Washington fears that the situation will develop and go to more complexity, especially if the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) carried out its threats and launched rockets at Israel.
For his part, the Palestinian writer Muin al-Taher rejected the US administration’s pretext that it is preoccupied with matters more important to it that prevent its direct intervention to stop the Israeli violations in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Taher said that well-established American human rights organizations, as well as the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, described the Israeli behavior as a system of “Zionist apartheid” (apartheid). Which means that the United States and the international community must intervene to put an end to this system.
Al-Taher said that during the reign of President Ronald Reagan, things began to get complicated and worsened between the Palestinians and the Israelis, but Reagan chose not to intervene, then things developed and the first Palestinian uprising erupted, forcing Reagan to intervene in a practical way, but his intervention was late.
Therefore, Al-Taher called on the Palestinians, the Arabs and the international community to escalate further in the face of racism practiced by Israel against the Palestinians, seeking to curb Israel, which he said finds in Arab silence and normalization with it by some Arabs the best support for it in its oppression of the Palestinians.
For his part, Indyk expected that Israel would back down from the severity with which it dealt with the Palestinians in the past two days in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, and said that it now realizes that the world is watching its actions, and that it is not in its interest to continue the same policy.