Minister Bezalel Smotrich
Minister Bezalel SmotrichYonatan Sindel/Flash90

The Security Cabinet assembled on Sunday night, with the ministers discussing a series of punitive sanctions against the Palestinian Authority (PA), as revealed by Channel 12 News.

Minister Bezalel Smotrich brought a proposal before the political-security cabinet to take the following steps: legalizing four villages in Judea and Samaria, denying visas and transit documents from senior officials of the PA, imposing sanctions against countries that unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, and carrying out enforcement actions against the agreed nature reserve zone in the Judean Desert, that was due to guard the lands and built an Illegally large construction there.

It was also reported that punitive measures against the PA are being discussed despite the opposition of the defense establishment and the US government.

The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement following the meeting, "The Security Cabinet discussed steps to strengthen settlement in Judea and Samaria, including in response to the countries that unilaterally recognized a Palestinian state after October 7, as well as a series of responses against the Palestinian Authority following its actions against Israel in international bodies."

The statement further said, "The Defense Minister and the Attorney General requested additional time to comment on several of the proposed clauses. The Prime Minister instructed that all of the proposals be submitted to a vote at the next Security Cabinet meeting."