Despite the tightening of security coordination with the Palestinians, Israel did not hesitate to impose sanctions on a senior members of the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday, revoking Palestinian Security Services Spokesman Adnan Damiri's VIP certificate, allowing him free movement through checkpoints.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai decided on Tuesday to revoke Damiri's VIP certificate, arguing Damiri's anti-Israel remarks were dangerously bordering incitement to violence.
According to the IDF, Damiri was previously warned regarding the matter several months ago but continued his remarks to no avail.
Damiri is considered a high-ranking official in the Palestinian Authority, his title is equivalent to a that of a general in the IDF. The revocation of his certificate will inhibit Damiri from moving freely and quickly in between checkpoints and refrain him from entering Israeli territory.
Damiri said in response to the decision that denying a certificate will not prevent him or any other official of the Authority from telling "the truth and protecting the national rights of the Palestinian people." Damiri has sharply criticized Israel's policies in recent months.
On the matter of the international coalition's cooperation against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Damiri said, "The United States and Europe should form a coalition against terrorism perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people. Israel is the nation that gives rise to terrorism around the world and it must be put to an end."
He recently said at news conference that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is more dangerous than the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
During Operation Brother's Keeper that was launched to find the three teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaer, and Naftali Frenkel who were kidnapped from the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion, Damiri said the operation was not meant to search for the missing or the kidnapped but to cause chaos and confusion among the Palestinian people.
Damiri's harsh words came amid the tightening of the security coordination between Israel and Palestinian security mechanisms during the recently tense months.