Israel, in a “goodwill gesture” to the Palestinian Authority, gave Ramallah over the last few days a NIS 180
million advance on tax money it transfers on a monthly basis, The Jerusalem Post
The money was transferred before Ramadan, which began
Friday, to help the PA – currently in the midst of a severe financial crisis –
pay the monthly salaries of public sector employees.
Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz made the decision, one of
a number of gestures made since the beginning of the year in an attempt to
improve relations with the PA and encourage its President Mahmoud Abbas to renew
some kind of dialogue with Israel.