An Israeli military official told The Jerusalem Times on Tuesday that he had instructed officers to return all documents that they have in their possession to the Palestinian Authority in order to facilitate the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians on a future peace deal.
“The IDF has no authority to confiscate documents, and we have no authority over their return,” IDF Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told the newspaper.
“But this is something we need to do to help us facilitate the talks.”
He said the order came from the director of information security (DISA) and was issued at the request of the ministry of defense.
The Israeli military has been working with the Palestinian leadership on a series of high-level talks aimed at resolving the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has claimed the lives of nearly 1,100 Palestinians.
The IDF chief of staff and other senior officers have made several visits to Ramallah in recent months, but no progress has been made in recent weeks.
In December, a senior Palestinian official said that Israel was close to reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians, but that the talks were not likely to lead to a final deal in the foreseeable future.
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