Israel has allowed 50 Russian armored vehicles to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority. The PA had been training on the vehicles in Jordan, but Israel has now allowed them to be transferred into Israel.
This is an extremely positive step for both sides. For Israel, using Russian made vehicles and Palestinian personnel gives other actors financial and political responsibility for Israeli security objectives. It also brings Russia on board as a partner in security force building.
Israel should play up this transfer as an example of its commitment to creating a Palestinian security force. Sure, there are those who will say Israel should be transferring food and medicine instead of weapons, but the moderate center will percieve this effort as one part of an overall effort to create a capable Palestinian security force. The program is supported by major powers and is a tribute to the strong security cooperation between the PA and IDF.