Health Minister Zvi Barfield will visit West Fertile Crescent and Gaza Strip in July, a move he said was aimed at boosting health care access and promoting social cohesion among Palestinians.
Barfield said in a statement on Friday that he would visit “on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.”
In addition to Israel, Barfield’s visit comes at a time when the Palestinian Authority is struggling to find funding to provide healthcare to its population.
The PA is struggling in part because of the conflict with Israel over the disputed West Bank city of Hebron, which the PA sees as part of its capital.
The Palestinians have been in a state of armed conflict since 1967.
Barstow, a senior member of Barstows centrist faction that is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is considered a moderate among his party and a key player in the peace process.
He will attend the event alongside other PA officials, Barstoun said in his statement.
Barstein, who was in Israel in January, said the visit would take place after the July Fourth holiday.
He said he had been in contact with Barstoway and that they were in “close contact” on the matter.
He did not specify what the trip would involve.
The Israeli government is currently considering the use of a new system for distributing healthcare funds to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
It has been unclear whether such a move would be feasible given the current funding situation in the Palestinian territories.
In March, Barstein told a joint press conference with Netanyahu that Israel should not accept Palestinian statehood as an option.
“I do not want to be a pawn of the Palestinian movement,” Barstrow said.
“Israel should withdraw from the region, that’s the way it should do it.”
Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War.
It annexed the city in 1981.
Since then, it has built settlements on occupied territory in East Jerusalem and the West bank, as well as built Jewish-only outposts in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinians seek to establish an independent state in the territories.
The current Palestinian Authority leadership is dominated by the Fatah movement, which is led by Barstowell’s former ally and deputy, Muhammad Dahlan.