Labor MK Gilad Kariv meets with top PA officials in Ramallah

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Labor MK Gilad Kariv speaks during a hearing of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on a bill to severely limit the courts' use of the reasonableness judicial standard, July 17, 2023. (Danny Shem Tov/Knesset Spokesperson's Department)
Labor MK Gilad Kariv speaks during a hearing of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on a bill to severely limit the courts' use of the reasonableness judicial standard, July 17, 2023. (Danny Shem Tov/Knesset Spokesperson's Department)

Labor party MK Gilad Kariv met yesterday with high-ranking officials from the Palestinian Authority and Fatah in Ramallah to discuss cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Channel 12 reports.

The talks centered around cooperation in the field of security, and how to revive  dialogue between Israeli politicians and the PA and formulate an alternative vision to the current situation of “creeping annexation,” the report says.

Palestinian officials have expressed their concerns that the right-wing coalition in Israel may have a negative impact on the radicalization of Palestinian young people.

The meeting, which included officials close to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, also saw the participation of civil society groups, namely the Geneva Initiative and Palestinian Coalition for Peace.

This meeting and future ones are intended to push for a two-state solution as an alternative to the pro-settlement policies of the West Bank promoted by the Netanyahu government, which includes far-right ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir.

Kariv, head of the Knesset Caucus for the Advancement of the Two-State Solution and the Renewal of Diplomatic Negotiations,  reportedly entered the West Bank city with authorization from the IDF and was escorted throughout his time in Ramallah by Palestinian security forces.

No official picture has been released after the meeting, due to the refusal by the Palestinian officials present to be identified.

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