PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA chairman Mahmoud AbbasReuters

The Political-Security Cabinet will convene on Sunday to discuss relief measures for the Palestinian Authority, Kan 11 News reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the defense establishment has in recent days recommended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take steps to strengthen the Palestinian Authority. This is partly in the wake of the PA's deteriorating situation.

The issue came up in a discussion with the Prime Minister at the beginning of the week, even before the operation in Jenin, and staff work is currently underway to formulate recommendations for relief measures for the Palestinian Authority.

The Cabinet discussion was initially planned to take place only in about ten days, but in the wake of recent tensions, it was decided to hold it earlier.

Last month, Kan 11 News revealed that the Palestinian Authority was discussing the possibility of declaring financial bankruptcy because of the difficult financial situation it has encountered. The meaning of such a decision would be the complete closure of PA official bureaus and a fear of the loss of stability in the territories under its control.

The financial debts of the Palestinian Authority swelled due to two main reasons: Israel deducts an average amount of 40 million shekels from the tax money it collects on behalf of the PA every month, due to its payment of salaries to the families of terrorists. In addition, the international financial aid to the Palestinian Authority is constantly decreasing every year.