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Bennett is following the Israeli military and US agenda

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01.09.2021

According to Israel's Channel 12 TV channel, in the middle of last month Prime Minister Naftali Bennett turned down a request by Defence Minister Benny Gantz to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Gantz was disappointed with Bennett's decision, and insisted that it was not only important for him to meet with Abbas, but also that he is the most senior and appropriate Israeli official to do so given that Bennett's electoral base is on the far right.

Bennett is opposed to renewing the peace process with the Palestinians and gave no reason for turning down Gantz's request. However, left-wing and centrist politicians in his government coalition believe that resuming official relations with the PA leadership and supporting the authority is in Israel's best interests.

Just two weeks later, Gantz's office revealed that he had held two separate meetings with Abbas: the first included senior security and civil affairs officials, and the second was just the two men on their own. Moreover, Gantz went to Abbas's stronghold, the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. They discussed security, diplomatic, economic and civil society issues.

"Israel is ready for a series of measures that would strengthen the PA economy," Gantz is reported........

© Middle East Monitor


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