Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat Dies; Haley Urges Trump to Release Report on Palestinian Aid; PA Resumes Security Cooperation with Israel

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian’s veteran negotiator, died November 24, 2020, after contracting the coronavirus. Erekat was involved in nearly every round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians over a thirty-year career. Erekat was 65. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged President Donald Trump to release data on how many Palestinians receive U.S. aid from the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee agency. The U.S. withdrew funding from the agency in 2018, but President-Elect Joe Biden may restore it. Haley took to Twitter, referring to the classified report prepared during Barack Obama’s administration and showing how many Palestinian refugees receiving aid from the agency were actually displaced in 1948. Critics say the agency’s original purpose—to provide aid to displaced Palestinian families—has outlived its purpose because it is giving aid to a wide range of Palestinians, including descendants of Palestinian refugees and those who have become residents of other countries. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it will resume civil and security cooperation with Israel. The PA suspended cooperation in May when Israel announced plans to annex portions of the West Bank. However, annexation plans have since been suspended. Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh wrote on Twitter that “the relationship with Israel will return to how it was” after President Mahmoud Abbas received confirmation that Israel remained committed to past agreements with the Palestinians. Reported by Reuters. Read more…