Itongadol/AJN.- In added economic sanctions, Israel suspends participation in development of Gaza gas field, puts cap on Palestinian deposits in Israeli banks, Israeli official says.
sraeli and Palestinian negotiators are to convene on Sunday in the latest attempt to save teetering peace talks, a Palestinian official told AFP.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat would meet his Israeli counterpart, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy Yitzhak Molcho, during the afternoon, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj will also attend the meeting.
Israeli officials confirmed the meeting to Ynet.
The teams last met on Thursday in a session presided over by US envoy Martin Indyk, who has since returned to Washington for consultations while Israel observes the seven-day Passover holiday starting at sunset on Monday.
But following that meeting the peace process suffered a new blow when Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the Palestinians\’ behalf, in retaliation for their diplomatic offensive against Israel at the United Nations.
The monthly $111 million in taxes collected by Israel represents about two-thirds of the income received by the Palestinian Authority.
Israel was also suspending its participation with the Palestinians in developing a gas field off the Gaza Strip and putting a cap on Palestinian deposits in its banks, the Israeli official said.
The decision sparked concern in Washington.