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Palestinian Authority renewing ties with Trump, report says

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The Palestinians are sending out feelers to the Trump administration, a senior PA official says according to a report.

By World Israel News Staff

The Palestinians are “considering a new track,” in regards to everything connected to the “deal of the century,” Israel Hayom reports in its front page story on Tuesday.

According to the Hebrew daily, a senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official says that messages have been passed back and forth between Washington and Ramallah to resolve their differences.

A warming of relations would mean an end to the boycott imposed by the Mahmoud Abbas-led PA following the Trump administration’s announcement that it would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

The unnamed official also told Israel Hayom that a delegation led by the head of the PA’s General Intelligence Services, Majed Faraj, will soon head to Washington for talks with senior U.S. officials. He also says secret communications have already been held between Trump and Abbas representatives.

“We’re talking about feelers only, but the two sides presented a positive approach and notched progress toward the possibility of renewing relations,” the PA official told the paper.

Israel Hayom suggests a number of reasons for the PA’s change of heart. One is its relative isolation after the Bahrain Workshop in late June. Abbas had called for a boycott of the conference but was largely ignored by the Arab states, something that would have been unheard-of a decade ago.

The PA is also facing economic difficulties, having refused taxes collected by Israel on its behalf. The decision was prompted by Israel’s announcement that it would withhold taxes the PA pays to terrorists and their families, approximately $11.5 million each month.

Such terrorists are considered “martyrs” and heroes by the Palestinian population and rather than be seen as cutting off funds to them, the PA chose to reject all taxes.

That amount, $170-$200 million a month, is equivalent to half the PA’s budget. As a result, the PA has been forced to slash by as much as half the salaries of its civil servants and security forces.

A smaller piece of evidence offered by the paper that may signal a renewal of ties is a recent interview by Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt in a Palestinian newspaper. As Greenblatt is considered persona non grata in the PA the interview could be read as a change in attitude by the authority.

据一份报道称,一名巴勒斯坦权力高级官员称,巴勒斯坦人正向特朗普政府发出触角。

世界以色列新闻工作人员

以色列海姆在周二的头版报道中报道说,巴勒斯坦人正在“考虑一条新的轨道”,涉及与“世纪交易”相关的一切。

据希伯来日报报道,一名巴勒斯坦权力机构高级官员表示,华盛顿和拉马拉之间的来回传递信息是为了解决他们之间的分歧。

在特朗普政府宣布将把美国大使馆迁往耶路撒冷之后,关系升温将意味着马哈茂德阿巴斯领导的巴勒斯坦权力机构实施抵制。

这位不愿透露姓名的官员还告诉以色列海姆,由巴勒斯坦权力机构的情报总局局长Majed Faraj率领的代表团将很快前往华盛顿与美国高级官员会谈。他还说特朗普和阿巴斯代表之间已经进行过秘密通讯。

巴勒斯坦权力机构的一位官员告诉该报,“我们只讨论触角问题,但双方提出了积极的态度,并在重建关系的可能性方面取得了进展。”

以色列Hayom提出了PA改变主意的一些原因。一个是6月底巴林研讨会之后的相对孤立。阿巴斯呼吁抵制这次会议,但在很大程度上被阿拉伯国家所忽视,这在十年前是闻所未闻的。

巴勒斯坦权力机构也面临经济困难,拒绝代表以色列收取税款。以色列宣布将向巴勒斯坦权力机构支付恐怖分子及其家人的税款,每月约为1150万美元。

这些恐怖分子被巴勒斯坦人民视为“烈士”和英雄,而不是被视为切断他们的资金,巴勒斯坦权力机构选择拒绝所有税收。

这笔金额每月1.7亿至2亿美元,相当于巴勒斯坦权力机构预算的一半。结果,巴勒斯坦权力机构被迫削减其公务员和安全部队工资的一半。

特朗普特使杰森格林布拉特最近在一家巴勒斯坦报纸上采访了该报纸提供的一小部分可能标志着关系更新的证据。由于格林布拉特在巴勒斯坦权力机构中被视为不受欢迎的人,因此采访可被视为权威机构改变态度。

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