PA Prime Minister reportedly admits Israel's policy in West Bank prevented intifada

Sources reported that during a closed-door meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials last week, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Israel's policy of containment in the West Bank prevented the tensions that began in October 2015 from turning into a third intifada.
Rami Hamdallah Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said in closed-door talks last week that Israel's policy during the terror wave, which started in October 2015, prevented the outbreak of a third intifada.

According to sources who were updated about the details of the meeting, the Israeli policy in reference involves containment measures that included meticulous efforts to differentiate between the Palestinian population and terrorists as well as a complete avoidance of collective punishment.

Sources added that during the meeting between Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai, Hamdallah and Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh, which took place on the eve of Shavuot last week, Hamdallah said that the PA was surprised by Israel’s smart behavior.

According to the same sources, Hamdallah also said at the meeting that the Palestinians were surprised by the negative manner in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump’s meeting in Bethlehem was presented.

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