In first since 2001, Israel said set to okay helicopters for flights by PA top brass

Israel intends to allow the Palestinian Authority to acquire helicopters for flights by its senior officials, for the first time since 2001, according to Haaretz.

The outlet says security chiefs had objected to the prospect over the years, fearing the choppers would be used for smuggling purposes as happened under PA president Yasser Arafat.

But now, they are recommending that the government accept current president Mahmoud Abbas’s request as part of steps aimed at strengthening his position within the Palestinian Authority, according to the report.

Government officials are reportedly willing to approve the step.

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