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Israel-Palestine ministerial meeting held in Jerusalem, media says

Israel's Minister of Finance, Moshe Kahlon, and his Palestinian counterpart Shukri Bishara, as well as Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh held a meeting on Tuesday, according to the Hebrew Kan Radio.

The officials discussed the recent escalations in the besieged Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv's intention to support "humanitarian" projects in the Strip in Kahlon's office in occupied Jerusalem.

They also debated the Israeli government's decision to deduct part of the taxes Tel Aviv collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and transfer them directly to the Gaza Strip if President Mahmoud Abbas continues his policy of not transferring the salaries of civil servants in the enclave.According to KanRadio, the Palestinian Bank governor joined the meeting to discuss financial matters.

The meeting comes at a time when the PA has said it will freeze relations with Tel Aviv as a result of the relocation of the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem. In March the Palestinian Liberation Organisation said the Palestinians "have no option but to suspend recognition of Israel until it recognises the state of Palestine", however no moves have been made to action this decision.

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