July 31, 2019
- Meeting between Israel’s Army Chief and Palestinian Billionaire Reflects PA’s Loss of Control
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi held a secret meeting with Palestinian billionaire Bashar Al-Masri in Ramallah in May. The two toured Rawabi City in the West Bank, which was built by the Palestinian businessman. This reflects a trend in Israel to bypass the Palestinian leadership and meet with other figures, even if such meetings are limited to economic issues.
The door will remain open for Palestinian-Israeli meetings, especially on economic and trade matters, as Palestinian businessmen know that solutions for their problems have to start with Israel, and not with the Palestinian Authority. These meetings are also a reflection of the PA’s loss of control in the territories. (Middle East Monitor-UK)