Israel will act to prevent the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the security cabinet voted on Sunday.
In addition, the cabinet decided to “advance the demand that [the PA] stop its actions against Israel in the international legal and political arena, its incitement in the media and its education, its payments to terrorists and murderers and its illegal construction in Area C.”
The Prime Minister's Office did not provide details as to how it will save the PA or stop it from inciting against Israel.
Eight ministers voted in favor of a statement to that effect, with National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir opposing and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich abstaining.
The security cabinet unanimously supported “steps to stabilize the civil situation in the Palestinian arena,” while “continuing to act determinedly to prevent terrorism.”
What changes did the cabinet decide to make?
One of the changes is to allow the installation of a large conveyor belt to make it easier for the PA to import goods from Jordan, Kan News reported.
In addition, the cabinet supported Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who came out against those who say they will refuse orders in light of the government’s planned diplomatic reforms.
“Calls to refuse orders severely harm Israel’s security and they must be condemned and action must be taken to leave Israel’s security branches out of the political conversation,” he said.
The cabinet decision had more value as a policy statement than with respect to measures that the government might take.
It was in line with statements Netanyahu has made in the past about the importance the PA plays in the West Bank.
The cabinet also held fast to its policy of financially penalizing the PA, a move that has helped threaten the viability of the PA.
In an interview with Channel 14 after the meeting, Ben-Gvir openly explained that he had voted against making any gestures to the PA and that he felt the cabinet decision was one step to far for a right-wing government.
“I think that there is no difference between the PA and Hamas. There is no difference between the PA between those who hate Israel. The PA stands behind terror attacks. The PA subsidizes those who support terror and terrorists” and incites the murder of Jews in its educational materials, he said.
“I will not raise my hand to help the PA,” Ben Gvir said.