A first for 10 years, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is traveling to Israel to meet Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz. This visit comes a few days after the anniversary of the Morocco-USA-Israel tripartite agreement.
On Twitter, the Israeli defense minister wrote that he had met with Palestinian representatives to discuss issues of mutual concern, including security and safety. “We discussed the implementation of economic and civilian measures, and the importance of strengthening our security coordination,” said Benny Gantz.
The Israeli authorities have announced several “confidence” measures with Palestine, actions so far being very rare. Among them, an advance payment of 100 million shekels (28.5 million euros) in taxes collected on its behalf by Israel, the granting of 600 additional permits allowing Palestinian businessmen to cross on the Israeli side? and the regularization of 6,000 additional Palestinians living in an area of the West Bank under Israeli control.
This is a first for the Jewish state, which had not taken such measures since 2009. This rapprochement and these gestures towards Palestine come a few days after the celebration of the first anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Israel and Morocco and a few weeks after a visit by Benny Gantz to Rabat.
On the occasion of the anniversary of the Morocco, United States and Israel trilateral declaration, the head of Moroccan diplomacy, Nasser Bourita, recalled that from the first day, King Mohammed VI planned that the reactivation of the relationship with Israel, a contribution to peace in the Middle East.
“The Kingdom will continue its efforts to support a just, lasting and equitable peace based on the two-state solution: the State of Israel and an independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967, both living side by side. coast in peace and security ”, he declared in front of the head of the Israeli diplomacy, Yair Lapid who must take the orders of the government after Naftali Bennett.
Since the new coalition government led Naftali Bennett came to power, several Israeli ministers have visited Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
In a recent interview with Le Monde newspaper, Israeli Minister of Diplomacy Yair Lapid said the visits are a big step after a decade without such contact, adding that Israel has made a loan of 140 million euros. euros to Palestine two months ago.
Mr. Lapid explained that the structure of his government (a coalition of all sides including the far right) and that of the Palestinian government does not allow progress towards negotiations but said he wants to help improve the economy and life. Palestinians.
“If it were up to me, I probably would have already started negotiating, under the principle of a two-state solution, because I believe in it. But that’s not the kind of government we have, ”he said.