The Palestinian Authority will renew security coordination and ties with Israel it announced on Tuesday night, according to a tweet by Hussein Al Sheikh, head of the General Authority of Civil Affairs and member of the Fatah Central Committee.
“In the light of Mahmoud Abbas’s international contacts… and given the written and verbal commitments we have received from the Israelis, we will resume relations where they were before May 19, 2020,” Al Sheikh said.
Ramallah severed ties with Israel this summer as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pursued annexing portions of the West Bank. Israel suspended the idea of annexing any land since signing a normalization deal with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September.
As part of its boycott of Israel, the PA was refusing to accept tax revenues collected for it by Israel since May, a sum of $150 million a month, bringing the government to the brink of financial collapse.
Sheikh did not specify whether the Palestinians would also resume accepting the tax transfers, but officials had indicated in the past that they will especially now with Joe Biden projected as the winner of the U.S. elections.
Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Abbas, had called the end of Trump’s presidency “a victory” while Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called on Biden to “correct” what he called “unjust policies” implemented by Trump, ALL ARAB NEWS reported.
“One thing that certainly helped the Palestinians (reach their decision) was Biden’s election (as U.S. president), which gave them … an excuse to climb down from the tree,” an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity, Al Arabiya reported.
The Palestinian announcement came on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s arrival in Israel.
The terror group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, was disappointed with the PA’s announcement to resume ties between Ramallah and Israel.
“This decision represents a challenge to national efforts to build a national partnership, a strategy of struggle against occupation, annexation, normalization and the Deal of the Century and comes at the same time as the announcement of thousands of settlement units in the occupied city of Jerusalem,” Hamas said in a statement.