During the meeting at the presidential headquarters, Gantz extended congratulations to Abbas and the Palestinian people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, WAFA reported.
Abbas explained to Gantz the importance of creating a political horizon and respecting the peace agreements signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The Palestinian president urged Israel to stop all unilateral measures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, "which would lead to an escalation of tension between the two sides."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz held a rare meeting in the occupied West Bank in an effort to calm tensions and coordinate on security days before US President Joe Biden's first visit to the regionhttps://t.co/HJhjUSufbR
Abbas added that U.S. President Joe Biden's upcoming visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on July 13 is "warmly welcomed by the Palestinian leadership."
Gantz said Israel is working on finalizing a prisoners' swap deal with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) to exchange four Israeli captives for the release of certain Palestinians from Israeli jails.
In 2017, Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip since 2007, announced that it had been holding four Israelis, including two soldiers.