Israel approves “confidence” measures to improve relations with Palestine
Israel has approved a series of measures designed to improve ties with the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the move on Wednesday in a statement, a day after a rare meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the elder’s home in Rosh Ha’Ayin, northeast of Tel. Aviv.
Gantz said in the statement that he had authorized “a number of confidence-building measures,” including the transfer of 100 million new shekels ($ 32 million) in tax payments that Israel collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
The package also includes travel permits for hundreds of Palestinian VIP businessmen and approval of the residency status of approximately 9,500 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, the agency reported. Xinhua Press Release.
Israel withheld Palestinian tax funds, citing allowances the PA pays to families of Palestinians jailed for their involvement in attacks on Israelis, although the PA describes them as social allowances used to support needy families .
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