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PA: Contact with Israeli officials at all time low

April 17, 2014 9:55 A.M. (Updated: April 18, 2014 3:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Communications between Palestinian and Israeli officials have reached an all time low after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu imposed sanctions on the PA last week, a Palestinian security official said Thursday.

"Relations are at the lowest level politically, economically and at a security level because of their (Israel's) decisions to disavow all commitments they pledged," PA security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri said.

Last week, Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the PA's behalf in retaliation for diplomatic action against Israel at the United Nations.

Israel unilaterally cut off contact with the PA "in violation of all agreements", Dmeiri said.

The security spokesman also criticized Israel over accusations that the Palestinian leadership was responsible for the killing of a settler this week.

"They blame us for everything even if it was a natural disaster. The Israelis control Area C and so putting the blame on us is a sort of racism."

Settler Baruch Mizrahi, 47, was shot dead while driving with his family southwest of Idhna, a village outside Hebron.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed over 60 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the negotiations began.
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