Palestinian Authority preparing to 'disengage' from Israel

05 February, 2018, 03:01 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers during his meeting with Palestinian senior leaders at the Presidency building in Ramallah West Bank

President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to address the General Assembly of the United Nations later this month and is determined to present request to recognize Palestine as a full member state.

"President Abbas declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead".

"A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace", she said.

The meeting agreed on ceasing security coordination and economic relations with Israel and establishing a higher committee to execute the PLO central council's decisions, including suspending Palestine's recognition of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine with its borders defined in 1967.

"I ask here today, where is the Palestinian King Hussein?"

Abbas is angered by the Trump administration's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the last straw was President Donald Trump's attack on him last week at Davos. "Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat?" she continued, paying homage to the Jordanian and Egyptian leaders who made peace with Israel.

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Erekat claimed that such remarks amounted to a "coup" against the "Palestinian political system", and that the USA and Israel wanted to "undermine the Palestinian national project".

"We don't seek a confrontation or a fight with the USA administration".

The Central Committee paid tribute to Palestinians facing Israeli policies and the effects of the United States steps, and called upon the people affected by these policies and consequences to take judicial action, including at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The statements, however, have been largely vague and non-binding, leading several other Palestinian political parties to disregard and criticise them.

For its part, Israel has said it will only work with a US-led peace process. "If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. Therefore, we are seeking, together with worldwide parties, to convene an global conference for peace".

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