JERUSALEM (JTA) – Armed Palestinian police have expanded security control to Palestinian towns bordering Jerusalem.
Under a deal with Israel, the patrols began working in Abu Dis, A-Ram and Biddu, Reuters reported. The patrols include 90 officers.
The towns have been under Israeli security control since the peace process began with the Oslo Accords in 1993.
The Palestinians have threatened to halt security co-operation with Israel since it withheld tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) beginning in January. PA President Mahmoud Abbas refused the revenues earlier this month when Israel held back some of the money for utilities payments.
Israel withheld the money as a punitive measure for Abbas signing requests in late December to join the International Criminal Court and other international conventions as a result of the failure of the United Nations Security Council to pass a Palestinian statehood proposal.