The PA went furious over Israeli government’s decision to approve a small number of housing units in the village of Efrat and a town of Maaleh Adumim. Curiously, the PA feels free to condemn our government though Abbas fully depends on us for financing and protection.
Thus the PA shows its intent to push Israel back into the 1948 borders and out of the minimum border adjustments. No Israeli government, though, can afford to lose Maaleh Adumim and evict tens of thousands Jews. But the government showed its willingness to sacrifice slightly further settlements: the construction was approved in Efrat, but not Tekoa and Nokdim.
The cabinet also suspended tax transfers to the PA – a good measure which won’t last.