The Village of Lawrence has agreed to be a “twin city” with Ma’ale Adumim, a city on the West Bank outside Jerusalem.
The village’s board of trustees voted unanimously on Feb. 8 to approve a copy of the “Twin City Agreement,” according to the meeting’s minutes.
The agreement was signed by Lawrence Mayor Alex H. Edelman and Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel, a copy of the agreement posted online stated. It was signed in English and Hebrew.
Ma’ale Adumim is a West Bank settlement with about 41,000 residents, according to published reports. It is in a controversial location east of Jerusalem and could be included in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Kashriel attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Trump last year recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
The “twin cities” agreement declares the two municipalities will have an “official social alliance” that will be the “starting point for the promotion of mutual interests, deepening of trust and understanding and strengthening of the mutual respect between the two communities,” the agreement stated.
The “twin cities” also agreed to cooperate in education, cultural exchanges and research and economic development, as well as develop a “comprehensive plan” for future work together.
The agreement is valid until it is ended by one of the municipalities, it stated.