Gantz offers Abbas series of goodwill gestures in rare Ramallah meeting

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Gantz offers Abbas series of goodwill gestures in rare Ramallah meeting
Gantz met with Palestinian leader just hours after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett returned from Washington DC.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM, TOVAH LAZAROFF, LAHAV HARKOV
AUGUST 30, 2021

Israel will make a series of goodwill gestures to the Palestinian Authority, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday after a rare meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas the night before in Ramallah. Among the economic gestures offered to Abbas was a NIS 500 million loan, he said. The loan will be taken from tax funds Israel has withheld from the PA to protest what Jerusalem calls its pay-for-slay policy, by which Palestinian terrorists and their family members receive monetary stipends.

The two men also spoke about ways to regulate the status of thousands of West Bank Palestinians who lack documentation, as well as ways to streamline digital VAT accounting for all Palestinian businesses that make purchases from Israel. Many of the permit applications for Palestinians will be digitized to streamline the process and make it easier and cheaper. The moves also include allowing an additional 16,000 Palestinians to work in Israel and having the Civil Administration approve more Palestinian building projects in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full IDF military and civilian control.

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Senior government official: Gantz behaving like a government within a government
Senior official in the government speaks out against Defense Minister following his meeting with PA chairman.
Arutz Sheva Staff , Aug 31, 2021
Gantz and Bennett.

A very senior official in the government on Monday spoke out against Defense Minister Benny Gantz following his meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "Gantz only cares about his own political interests and has not yet changed course to adapt to the new government. He is behaving like a government within a government," the senior official charged.

"If the meeting was for security purposes, why did he issue a press release? This deviated from the early agreement that there would be no media festival around the meeting. If the government falls it will be because of him," the senior official told Channel 12 News.

Sources close to Gantz said in response, "This is simply not true. The meeting was of security importance, it was coordinated and approved and was done in a low profile and the proof of that is that no picture was published after it."

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