After Gantz-Abbas Meeting, Lapid Met Palestinian Intelligence Head

Israel's foreign minister and Palestinian intelligence chief Majed Faraj did not discuss diplomatic issues, Israeli sources say

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at a cabinet meeting, last month.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at a cabinet meeting, last month.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Michael Hauser Tov
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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met two weeks ago with the head of the Palestinian Authority intelligence services, and discussed economic and security issues, chiefly the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. 

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The meeting comes after Defense Minister Benny Gantz hosted  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his home last month.

According to Israeli sources, Lapid and Palestinian intelligence chief Majed Faraj did not discuss diplomatic issues. The meeting was first reported on Wednesday night on Channel 13 News.

The meeting took place against a backdrop of other such confabs between Israeli and Palestinian top brass, mainly that between Gantz and Abbas, which Faraj also attended.

Lapid has recently mentioned in closed-door meetings that he is “in contact” with several senior Palestinian figures, but has not named them.

Last week, Lapid said that the government does not plan to hold negotiations with the Palestinians even after becomes prime minister next year, as the coalition agreements preclude such diplomacy.

However, Lapid said that he would attempt to persuade his partners in the coalition to renew the negotiations.

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