‘It’s a two-way street’: PA warns of fallout from US holdup of consulate reopening


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‘It’s a two-way street’: PA warns of fallout from US holdup of consulate reopening
Palestinian officials tell ToI Ramallah can’t be expected to follow through on key asks, such as reform of prisoner payment policy, when Biden isn’t living up to his promises
By Jacob Magid

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Authority will refuse to meet key US demands for reforms unless Washington follows through on its own commitments to fully restore ties with Ramallah, PA officials have told The Times of Israel. The dispute centers around the possible shelving of plans to reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem, and comes as the PA has grown increasingly frustrated with US President Joe Biden’s approach to the long-dormant Mideast peace process.

According to three Palestinian officials who spoke to The Times of Israel over the past month, Ramallah may respond by nixing reforms sought by the Biden administration, including changes to payments it makes to Palestinian security prisoners who have carried out attacks against Israelis.

“There needs to be a realization that when they don’t keep these promises, we cannot be expected to respond positively to their far-reaching demands either,” said one senior Palestinian official, who requested anonymity to speak on the matter. “It’s a two-way street,” the senior official said.

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