The Israel-Hamas peace talks have seen a steady flow of information about the countrys gambling tax.
But the tax is not one that is immediately obvious in the eyes of Palestinians, as it is a matter of interpretation.
It is unclear whether the tax will remain in place for the current year, which would mean the Israeli and Hamas negotiators are trying to decide whether the taxation of gambling will be extended for another year or, as some expect, end in 2019.
The Gaza Strip is under an agreement with Israel that stipulates that gambling revenue should be used for social and economic development.
However, the amount of the tax varies by territory.
The taxes are usually based on a percentage of the total amount of money in the gambling market, such as an adult casino or slot machine, with the tax amount also calculated by the percentage of money paid to the Islamic resistance.
According to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, the average tax for a slot machine in the Gaza Strip was 4,700 shekels ($1,500), while the average rate for a casino in the West Bank was 8,500 shekel ($4,000).
According to calculations by Palestinian tax authorities, the tax collected in the Strip was approximately 80 percent of the amount allocated to social and cultural development in the past, with approximately 35 percent of it going to the resistance and the other 25 percent to the military.
The taxes have been a source of frustration for the PA, whose negotiators have repeatedly demanded that the taxes be lifted, as well as the Hamas government in the enclave.
In 2015, the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas agreed to lift the tax in exchange for the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from the Gaza strip.
The Hamas-led government has yet to agree to the agreement, however.
In the end, the two sides agreed to end the tax, which was initially set at 8,000 shekelvim ($4.5 million) in 2020.
However, it was reported in November that the Hamas-PA agreement had been cancelled, and that the Palestinian authority would seek to end its agreement with the Hamas instead, with a view to implementing a Palestinian state in the territory.
The Palestinians want to take over the West Wall and the Gaza-Israel border crossings, and to expand the territory’s population.
Israel has repeatedly rejected the demands of the Palestinians and called for the cessation of the taxation.