This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo shows part of the Israeli settlement of Psagot, background, overlooking Palestinian houses, in a suburb of the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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Israel's finance minister has met the Palestinian premier, Israeli officials said Thursday, in a rare visit by an Israeli Cabinet member to the occupied West Bank as part of a U.S. peace push.Israel's security Cabinet agreed just before U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank May 22-23 on a series of measures aimed at building confidence in ties with the Palestinians.Under interim peace deals between Israel and the Palestinians, Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, is territory in which Israel maintains full security and civil control.The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital, but U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed three years ago.An Israeli defense official said she believed Kahlon's visit marked the first time an Israeli Cabinet minister had held an official meeting in Ramallah since 2014 .
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