Israeli officials on Saturday, April 18th confirmed an agreement that would unfreeze tax money to Palestine and would transfer $459 million to the Palestinian authority.  Israel froze the tax tranfers in January as punishment for the Palestinians applying to join the Internation Criminal Court.  This was a step that could pave the way for possible war crimes against Israel.  Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that the transfers would resume as a humanitarian gesture.  According to Nickolay Mladenov, UN special coordinator for Middle East peace efforts, this deal is an important step “in the right direction.”

Although this deal warrants praise, it is unlikely that this will ultimately solve the conflict.  It could possibly improve trust between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government, but this trust needs to be improved.  There needs to be more cooperation between the Israeli government and the Palestinian government in order to ultimately look towards a possible solution.