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In Search of 'Political Horizons', Abbas's Trip to Gantz's Home Was About More Than Money

Even if Abbas’s goal in his meeting with Gantz was purely diplomatic, the economic bonuses that were promised, if fulfilled, are important for the survival of the Palestinian leadership

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
Amira Hass
Amira Hass

Mahmoud Abbas did not travel to the house of Defense Minister Benny Gantz in order to hear about economic and humanitarian gestures, which have in any case already been agreed upon at lower-level meetings. Neither did he go there to hear about steps that for years the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund have been recommending Israel take. That’s what a PLO official said before getting an update on the details of the meeting. The official was convinced, based on the character and conduct of Abu Mazen (Abbas), that the Palestinian president went to the trouble of traveling to Gantz’s house in order to discuss political and diplomatic matters.

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