Israel orders ministries to end cooperation with Palestinians

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:29 pm IST

Published - April 09, 2014 05:15 pm IST - Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his office in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his office in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered all ministries to cease cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts, as the sides increase tit-for-tat moves while U.S.-brokered negotiations falter.

The measure came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked last week to join 15 international organizations and treaties, seen by Israel as a step towards recognition of a Palestinian state.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been growing increasingly frustrated with the talks he is trying to broker.

At a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Tuesday he sharply criticized Israel over delays in releasing Palestinian prisoners and its subsequent announcement of 700 new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem.

A senior Israeli official said the decision to cut all high-level contact with Palestinian departments would not affect negotiations, which have been given a deadline for the end of the month.

The decision also does not include security and humanitarian offices.

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