Some developments in the Palestinian territories in the last few days, that have gone under the radar, although they have serious weight.
Before I begin, some disclosure.
Israel has many media channels, and news sites in abundance. However, only 1 manages to score high in reliability and professionalism. TimesOfIsrael, or ToI, is the only one I'm aware of that truly removes any sign of political bias. It's less known in Israel itself, but highly regarded internationally. Therefore, I will strive to only link it when possible.
1) An Israeli medical delegation is visiting Gaza
Twelve Arab Israeli doctors, on delegation organized by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, providing urgent medical treatment free for hundreds of Palestinians
Why is it important? As the PA has gone more rogue and isolated from allies and enemies alike, rejecting all forms of negotiations including with Israel, Israeli policy-makers appeared to have preferred to negotiate with Hamas instead, even though historically it was Israeli security that shielded the PA from a Gaza-like revolution.
And indeed, this delegation is far more symbolic than practical, which is surprising since Israel's not even using public data for PR. It barely even does any PR at all, on the conflict with Palestinian factions.
A year ago, this would not be possible.
My take on it - Israel's secretly improving ties with (both) Hamas (and the PA, I'll get to that later).
It's possible that in some future peace talks, Hamas will be part of it, and some resolution could be found without a bloody conflict.
On the other hand, Hamas are not merely trying to govern the Palestinians. They are terrorists, and have broken treaties in the past as if they were nothing. They continue to bomb Israeli cities on the daily even right now.
I do not know whether I support such a move or not.
2) PA "dumps" Hamas and seeks to restore ties with Gulf states (JPost)
Abbas and many Palestinian officials and factions had strongly condemned the rulers of Bahrain and the UAE for reaching the peace deals with Israel.
This article has hints of an author's bias in the form of opinionated writing. However, I accept the message. After feeling isolated from its Arab allies, both due to peace treaties with Israel and the scolding by allies for misusing and/or rejecting aid, it seems natural that the PA would want to make amends. It can't afford not to.
3) Israel transfers previously rejected tax revenue to PA
Israel hands over full NIS 3.7 billion in tax revenues it collects on Palestinians' behalf, despite law requiring withholding amount PA pays security detainees and families
It's less of an Israeli decision and more of a Palestinian one. Israel collects taxes from Palestinians and transfers those to the PA, under the Oslo Accords. Under a 2018 law, Israel also deducts the terror stipends, which amounts to hundreds of millions a year.
The PA rejected the money following that law, saying it was embarrassing.
Their agreement to accept the money now can be explained in multiple ways.
It could be their reconciliation with the gulf states, or it could be a warming of ties with Israel. Can't tell for sure.
What I do know for sure is that the transfer of the terror stipends to the PA would be very controversial, hence why the government kept it intentionally below radar.
4) Israeli and Jordanian FMs met for first time in years
Ayman Safadi tells Gabi Ashkenazi of need to maintain Temple Mount status quo; Gantz calls on Palestinians to negotiate: 'Don't remain behind'
I may be mistaken but this could be in response to the more reconciliatory tone of the PA.
Abbas is widely seen, particularly by his Arab allies, as more of a burden than an asset for Palestine, and a bad partner for peace. Hence, for example, the PA's recent crackdown on political opponents to secure the next "elections" (last were in 2006).
But a series of events has put unprecedented pressure on him, so it's possible that he will agree to negotiate before the end of Biden's term.
A Palestinian agreement to peace with Israel will give the GCC the ability to make a wider peace agreement with Israel whilst saving face, and will allow to seriously ramp up cooperation against Iran and its proxies.