The Palestinians escalate their diplomatic warfare against Israel, risking their own destruction in the process.
By: United with Israel Staff
The Palestinian Central Council (PCC), which met in Ramallah over two days, decided on Monday to end all commitments in the agreements the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has signed with Israel, to end security coordination and to revoke the Paris Economic Protocols which govern the economic cooperation with Israel.
Such moves mean the end of all peace protocols with Israel and the complete collapse of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The PCC alleged that “in view of Israel’s continued denial of the signed agreements,” it again recommends eliminating end all of the PLO and PA’s commitments under their agreements with Israel, as well as suspending their recognition of the state of Israel until it recognizes the non-existent state of Palestine on the June 1967 borders with the eastern portion of Jerusalem as its capital.
By way of background, “Palestine” never existed within the 1967 “borders,” which are in reality boundaries. Jordan occupied these areas for 19 years prior to their liberation by the IDF in the 1967 Six Day War.
Security cooperation with Israel, largely aimed at protecting Abbas from his rivals in the Hamas terror group, is unpopular among Palestinians but has survived repeated crises and years of deadlock in talks with Israel, as it is first and foremost in Abbas’ interest.
Abbas’ unelected government would likely collapse if he cuts ties with Israel.
The PCC gave the power to PA head Mahmoud Abbas, who chaired the PCC meetings, and the PLO’s executive committee to implement these decisions, and Abbas has the final say on such drastic moves.
No to Israel, No to the US
The PCC also expressed support for Abbas’ opposition on the US’ as-yet unreleased peace plan, accusing the US of “siding with the Israeli occupation” and of being “part of the problem and not part of the solution.”
The Palestinians reject any notion of a US-brokered diplomatic solution and have boycotted Washington since December 2017, when President Donald Trump announced official US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Since then, the Palestinians have escalated their rhetoric and actions against the US.
Abbas has also blamed Hamas for failing to implement the reconciliation agreements signed with his Fatah party over the years, which would have brought an end to bitter and bloody internal Palestinian enmity.
The PLO also stressed the Palestinians “right to resistance by all means as per international law,” which represents a call to arms for intents and purposes.