PA rejects Israeli plan to halt operations in West Bank cities

The Palestinian Authority rejected an Israeli proposal to cease IDF operations in the two West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho, and instead demanded that the army halt its activities in all areas controlled by the Palestinian governing body.

The Israeli proposal was exposed by Haaretz reporter Barak Ravid.

The proposal was raised during talks between Palestinian Authority and Israeli officials over the past weeks regarding the continuation of security coordination in the West Bank, a Palestinian security source tells the Times of Israel.

According to the source, the Israeli officials proposed in the meetings that the IDF cease to operate in Ramallah and Jericho as a first step to enhance security coordination, and only then would the government consider applying the move to the entire West Bank. However, the Palestinian Authority officials rejected the offer and demanded that Israel present a comprehensive timetable for a full cessation of military activities in Palestinian-controlled territories in the region.

— Avi Issacharoff

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