Israel approves reunification of 1,000 Palestinian families

Israel approves reunification of 1,000 Palestinian families

The head of the General Commission for Civil Affairs of the Palestinian Authority, Hussein al-Sheikh, said Israel had approved the process of reunification of one thousand Palestinian families. This was possible thanks to an agreement reached between Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"This is the second wave of a reunification agreement that covers all Palestinian governorates," al Sheikh said via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday (29/12), quoted by the Middle East Monitor page.

Ummatimes - Al Sheikh said that the Palestinian family reunion deal was part of the understanding that took place between Benny Gantz and Mahmoud Abbas. He revealed that before Gantz and Abbas reached an agreement, the process of reunification of Palestinian families had been delayed for 12 years.

Gantz and Abbas had their second face-to-face meeting earlier this week. "We discussed the implementation of economic and civil measures and emphasized the importance of deepening security coordination and preventing terror and violence (Palestinian resistance) for the well-being of Israelis and Palestinians," Gantz said.

Gantz and Abbas' inaugural meeting took place last August. That month, Israel agreed to a reunification request for 5,000 Palestinian families. Then on October 19, Tel Aviv again granted reunification for 4,000 Palestinian families. There are approximately 1.8 million Palestinians who are Israeli citizens. That number is about 20 percent of Israel's total population.