Israel grants PA President Abbas permission to attend Peres funeral

September 29, 2016 18:36

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and four senior Palestinian officials will attend former President Shimon Peres’s funeral on Friday.

Abbas asked the Coordinator for Government Affairs in the Territories (COGAT), the branch of the IDF responsible for coordinating civil and security affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, for permission to attend the funeral at Har Herzl. COGAT passed the request along to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the latter approved it.

Abbas will be accompanied by PA General Intelligence Chief Majid Faraj, PLO Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erakat, Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, and Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society Muhammed al-Madani.

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