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Israel asking US to push Palestinians toward compromise on Sheikh Jarrah

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NEW YORK — Israel has asked the Biden administration to use its bully pulpit to encourage several Palestinian families facing Israeli eviction from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah to accept a compromise proposed by the Supreme Court that would allow them to stay put for the foreseeable future, an Israeli official told The Times of Israel on Monday.

“The deal allows the Palestinians to climb down [from their position], and we asked the Americans to encourage the families to do so before it’s too late,” the official said, confirming the request first reported by the Haaretz daily.

The Sheikh Jarrah evictions have been a rallying cry for Palestinians in recent months and sparked violent clashes in East Jerusalem that spread far beyond the contested city — and were even partly responsible for the flare-up between Israel and Gaza terror groups in May.

Lower Israeli courts have already approved the eviction of the four Sheikh Jarrah families, although the Supreme Court has yet to issue its own final decision.

Last week, the Supreme Court proposed a compromise that would see the Palestinians remain in their homes as protected tenants, making it harder — but not impossible — to evict them. Under the deal, they would pay NIS 1,500 ($465) in yearly fees to........

© The Times of Israel

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