The head of the Israeli Defense Ministry, Beni Ganc, and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, met at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah. This event could mark a shift in the Israeli government’s policy towards the Palestinian Authority after years of close relations.
One of Mahmoud Abbas’s advisers informed about the Sunday talks between Beni Ganc and Mahmoud Abbas. It was the first meeting at such a high level since 2014 – emphasizes the Associated Press.
The meeting took place two days after the talks at the White House of US President Joe Biden with the new Israeli prime minister, Naftali Benet, during which Biden called on the Israeli authorities to take steps to improve the living conditions of Palestinians. In his policy, Biden supports the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the coexistence of two states – Jewish and Palestinian.
Security issues were discussed at the Ramallah meeting, and Israel has promised it will take steps to strengthen the Palestinian economy, the Israeli Defense Minister’s office reported.
Conversations about improving relationships
Beni Ganc and Mahmoud Abbas discussed improving relations between Israel and the Palestinians. The president of the Palestinian Authority called for the suspension of Israeli military operations in the West Bank. According to him, this would allow families separated by military actions to be brought together, and also allow more workers from Palestinian territory to Israel, the PA agency reported, citing an anonymous source.
Prime Minister Benet is opposed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but nevertheless supports the development of the Palestinian Authority and its economy. The new head of the Israeli government also expresses its willingness to support Abbas in his rivalry with the radical Hamas group ruling in the Gaza Strip.
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