Israeli Cabinet approves measures to support PA

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Israeli Cabinet in session. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMANIsrael's national security cabinet approved on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to "act to prevent the collapse of the Palestinian Authority," Haaretz reported.اضافة اعلان

The decision did not include details of what would be done to stabilize the PA. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich abstained from the vote, and National Security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir voted against the measure.

According to the proposal, Israel will, at the same time, demand that the PA "refrain from acting against Israel in the international legal and political arena, from incitement in its media and education, from paying the families of terrorists and murderers and from illegal building in Area C."

Earlier on Sunday, Smotrich stated his refusal to approve any funds or agreements for the Palestinian Authority.

In a related development, Hebrew media sources revealed Israel's plan to offer a comprehensive package of facilitations to the PA.

Defense Minister Yehiel "Yair" Golan is expected to present a series of proposals during the Israeli cabinet meeting, with the support of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Amad reported.

These proposals encompass various areas, including:
Establishment of a new industrial zone.
Tax deductions for Israeli citizens.
Reissuing permits for senior Palestinian Authority officials.
Extension of working hours at the Allenby Crossing.
Implementation of a comprehensive plan to strengthen the Palestinian Authority.

Meanwhile, on Friday the Israeli government announced that it intends to provide civil and economic facilitations to the PA. This decision comes in response to the declining control of the PA over the northern West Bank, alongside security recommendations and pressures from the US.

The report further suggests that the cabinet ministers will deliberate on the removal of obstacles hindering the establishment of an industrial zone in Tarkumiya. Despite the existence of a preliminary Palestinian-Turkish-Israeli agreement dating back to 2007, the Israeli authorities are considering advancing this project based on the security recommendations.

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