Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under growing fire from members of his security cabinet tonight, after the revelation that he made a unilateral “secret offer” to the Palestinian Authority, an offer which evidently was rejected at any rate.
The security cabinet, and in particular Immigration Minister Zeev Elkin, were angry that they weren’t in on the secret negotiations, and are still demanding to know exactly what the secret was, with Elkin saying it was improper for Netanyahu to keep them out of the loop.
Netanyahu reportedly responded that there was no need to inform the cabinet about the secret proposal because the Palestinians didn’t accept it anyhow, though this still acknowledges cooking up a whole secret deal without the cabinet involved.
Details of the secret offer are still secret, though they are believed to be related to Monday reports in Haaretz that Israel offered to restore some security control to the PA in Jericho and Ramallah, with Abbas said to reject the terms as violating the Oslo Accords.
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