Palestinian Authority restores ties, security cooperation with Israel

November 19, 2020 by JNS
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The Palestinian Authority decided to restore ties with Israel after it cut-off relations with Israel in May because of plans to apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 18, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinian officials said on Tuesday that the decision opens the way to free up tax revenue collected by Israel for the P.A., reported the AP.

Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian official and aide to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, tweeted: “The relationship with Israel will return to how it was” after “official written and oral letters we received” confirming Israel’s commitment to past agreements.

Two Palestinian officials were quoted by the AP as saying all cooperation with Israel would be restored, including security coordination.

Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty was put off in September in exchange for normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates.

Hamas, the terror group that runs the Gaza Strip, shot back against the P.A., calling the move a “stab in the back,” according to the report.


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