1st meeting set between Israel and Palestinians since Jerusalem recognition

For the first time since US President Donald Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will meet. The two will try to renew economic projects that were frozen after Trump's announcement in an attempt to solve the further deteriorated relations.
Kahlon set to meet with Hamdallah Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has requested to meet with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Sunday, despite the shattered relations between the two countries and the US following US President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The move will be the first meeting between the Israelis and the Palestinians since Trump’s announcement and will take place at Kahlon’s office in Jerusalem.

In October, Kahlon met with Hamdallah in Ramallah along with Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and Israeli Finance Ministry Director General Shai Babad. The leaders discussed several projects including a joint industrial zone in Area C, where Israelis and Palestinians will work together, streamlining tax transfers and promoting a project for an access road to the Palestinian city of Rawabi.

Due to the diplomatic tensions surrounding Trump’s announcement, the Palestinian Authority froze these projects, so Kahlon and Hamdallah will now attempt to renew economic cooperation. The two politicians have quite a good relationship mainly due to the fact that they speak about finances.

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