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Israel is doing nothing to help the PA to survive

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Last week, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz visited the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and held two meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The meetings have provoked heated reactions across the political spectrum in Israel and the Palestinian factions

Defending the meetings, Gantz revealed that they were "solely for security purposes." His office said that Gantz had told Abbas about a number of goodwill gestures, including a series of measures to strengthen the PA economy, as well as its security cooperation with Israel.

"It was a meeting about security, where we discussed security cooperation and joint activities. We want to strengthen the moderate forces in the area," said the ministry. "The two also discussed shaping the security, civilian and economic reality" in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

READ: '90% of relationship with PA concerns security coordination'

Israelis from the far right to the far left believe that the PA is on the brink of collapse. Hence, there is some agreement that it must be supported because any alternative will never be as helpful to Israel as the PA is. Due to its wide-scale corruption, and in the wake of the murder of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat by PA security officers, the PA leadership has been facing fierce criticism and public pressure to step down.

Palestinians must ensure that Nizar Banat did not die in vain – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Palestinians must ensure that Nizar Banat did not die in vain – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

On the opposite side of the political fence, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has........

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