National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi
National Security Advisor Tzachi HanegbiEliran Aharon

The second session of the joint forum of the United States, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority came to a close on Sunday evening in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

A senior political source stated that "the sides renewed their commitment to the agreements made in Aqba, at the center, possible agreements to halt one-sided steps on both sides."

The Israeli delegation, led by National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi, included Shin Bet Cheif Ronen Bar and senior officials from the Defense and Foreign Ministries. It emphasized, "To prevent an escalation during and after Ramadan, we need to work determinedly against terrorism without compromise."

The forum is set to meet again within the coming weeks, probably after Ramadan.

In a declaration published after the summit, Israel repeated its commitment not to authorize new construction in Judea and Samaria in the coming months.

The participants emphasized their commitment to promoting stability and peace for Palestinians and Israelis and to take steps to build trust while opening diplomatic horizons. "Israel commits to stop the discussion of new housing units in the settlements for a period of four months," states the declaration.

The declaration also notes that "Israel and the Palestinian Authority emphasize their commitment to all of the previous agreements between them and decided to create a system to reduce violence and incitement. The Palestinian Authority takes responsibility for security in Judea and Samaria."