Israel’s new benefits for Palestinians: Massive industrial park, better conditions at crossings

As this year’s UN General Assembly session nears, Israel is expected to announce a new benefits plan for the Palestinians in the West Bank. The plan is reportedly part of an Israeli attempt to help the US convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to soften his speech at the UN session.
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Shortly before this year’s UN General Assembly session, the heads of the countries that donate considerable amounts of aid and money to the West Bank and Gaza are expected to meet. During the meeting, Israel will present a new benefits package for the Palestinian Authority.

IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai will present the package on behalf of Israel. Among other things, the benefits include Israel’s permission for the establishment of a massive industrial park in Area C that will cover no less than 1,200 dunams, a plan to establish a sewage treatment plant and a plan to expand the distribution of the West Bank electricity network.

In addition, it is expected that the plan includes better conditions for Palestinians who wish to enter Israel via the border crossings and checkpoints. The purpose of the plan is to help the US government convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to soften his speech at the UN session.

Yesterday, it was reported that after Israel decided to comply with Abbas’ request to reduce even further the electricity supply to Gaza, Hamas has started to allocate more of its budget towards civilian causes and much less toward terrorist activities due to the extreme crisis in the Gaza Strip.



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