Israeli, PA health and environment ministers boost medical ties in rare meeting

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Israeli, PA health and environment ministers boost medical ties in rare meeting
Sides agree that Israel will recognize PA vaccines and that Gazans entering Israel for treatment will be allowed to ferry through crossing via ambulance, instead of walking by foot
By Aaron Boxerman

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg held a rare meeting with their Palestinian Authority counterparts on Wednesday, Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed. Such a high-level meeting of civilian officials has not happened for several years due to poor ties between Israel and the PA. Wednesday’s sit-down at Jerusalem’s Hotel Yehuda was initiated by Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej, who has been seeking to renew long-dormant relations with the PA’s political echelon. Horowitz, Zandberg and Frej are all members of the left-wing Meretz party.

PA Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in a statement the the two sides agreed on a number of reforms during the meeting. Palestinians vaccinated against the coronavirus in PA hospitals will now be recognized as immunized in Israel, al-Kaila said. Additionally, Palestinians from Gaza seeking to enter Israel for medical treatment will no longer need to walk across no man’s land between PA and Israeli checkpoints; instead, they will be ferried by ambulance, according to al-Kaila.

more............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/healt...s-meet-pa-counterparts-for-1st-time-in-years/
 
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