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April 9, 2014 10:03 am

Netanyahu Orders Israeli Ministers to Halt Cooperation With Palestinians

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Cherie Cullen via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgAmid the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered Israeli government ministries to cut off high-level contacts with the Palestinian Authority on non-security related issues.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the move was a response to the recent Palestinian decision to submit applications to join 15 international organizations and conventions. The order does not apply to the Israeli Defense Ministry or to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s meetings with Palestinian negotiators in the U.S.-brokered peace talks, which have an upcoming April 29 deadline for an agreement.

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