Palestinians to reinstate ties with Israel

Tamara Zieve
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The Palestinian Authority says it will reinstate ties with Israel, after they were cut due to an Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank, which has since been put on ice.

"We have received a paper from Israel pledging to abide by the agreements with us, and therefore we announce the resumption of contacts," Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh was quoted as saying by local media.

The Palestinians are to resume security cooperation with Israel and to accept tax revenue dues from Israel.

In May, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut ties with the United States and Israel in reaction to an Israeli annexation plan, which was later put on ice with the normalisation agreements the Jewish state signed with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in September.

"In light of the calls made by President Abbas regarding Israel's commitment to the bilateral signed agreements... the relationship with Israel will return to how it was," tweeted Hussein Al Sheik, head of the General Authority of Civil Affairs.