United Press International (UPI)
July 6, 2009 - 12:00am

Israel's Defense Minister has approved the transfer of 1000 Kalashnikov rifles to the Palestinian Authority security services in the West Bank.

The transfer of the weapons has been delayed until the Israeli army completes ballistic tests, a standard procedure conducted on all weapons transferred to the Palestinian Authority, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

The tests will allow Israel to identify the weapons in the event they are used in terror attacks against Israeli targets, the paper said.

The report said Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the deal several weeks ago.

The report quoted Israeli defense officials as saying the Palestinian Authority is encountering difficulties in recruiting personnel to its newly set up battalions. Barak intends to raise the issue in talks with U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell at a scheduled meeting in London Monday.


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