Abbas: Final decision on cutting relations with Israel next week

January 6, 2016  

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced Wednesday that the PLO would officially make a decision next week regarding the upholding of contractual relations with Israel, reported the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

Abbas made the announcement during a speech delivered in Bethlehem during Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

He reiterated past statements made by PA bodies supporting putting an end to agreements signed with Israel, notably the security coordination with Israel that was established through the Oslo Accords.

Despite threatening in September to stop coordination with his Israeli counterparts, Abbas has yet to make such a move.

“The Executive Committee and the Central Committee of the PLO as well as commanders of Palestinian Authority security services will hold meetings next week to give the final decision and we will adhere with whatever they decide,” Abbas said Wednesday.

He also said that just as the international community has convened to address conflicts in Syria and Libya, it should do so to solve the problems of the Palestinians, adding that the status quo that has been maintained since Israel’s “occupation” began in 1967 must end.

“The Palestinian leadership won’t allow the status quo to continue,” Abbas said, calling for the removal of all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

He rejected assessments reportedly being discussed by the Israeli government, according to which the PA is facing imminent collapse due to unrest and a combined financial-political crisis.

“The PA is one of our accomplishments and let nobody dream of its collapse,” Abbas said.

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