A report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United States Institute for Peace has found that, even though Israel and the Palestinians have signed a peace treaty in 2009, Israel is still holding back from implementing the provisions of the agreement.
According to the report, the Palestinian Authority still has not implemented its commitment to withdraw from all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as agreed upon by the Oslo Accords in 1993.
In a statement to Al Jazeera, the US government said that the report “provides a clear picture of Israel’s continued refusal to fulfill its obligations under the Oslo agreement.”
“Israel continues to fail to implement its obligations as it pursues unilateral and unilateral policies that undermine the prospects of a two-state solution and the security of Israel,” said US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.
“As the report makes clear, Israel continues to pursue unilateral, unilateral policies.”
Psaki added that the US has asked Israel to “immediately halt its policies that violate the spirit of the Oslo agreements.”
Israel and the Palestinian territories were formally recognized as a state in 1993, and in 1999 the two countries agreed to a series of agreements aimed at ending decades of Israeli settlement building in the territories and dismantling the separation wall between the two territories.
The agreement stipulates that the two states should establish a national reconciliation process, which would be based on the premise that there was no future for the two peoples.
The Palestinian Authority was not invited to participate in the process.
The Oslo accords were signed by former US President Bill Clinton, the leaders of Israel and Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in November 1999.
The Oslo accord also established the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar as observer states.