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Palestinian Central Council announces end to security coordination with Israel

Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas attends a meeting with the Revolutionary Council of the ruling Fatah party in the West Bank city of Ramallah
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The announcement comes after Abbas reportedly threatened to end all security coordination last week

The Palestinian Central Council issued a decision Monday night to terminate security coordination with Israel and suspend recognition of the state of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine.

A statement at the closure of the two-day meeting said that in light of Israel's "denial" of its obligations under agreements signed with the Palestinians, the PCC authorised the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority to "end their obligations... towards their agreements with the occupation authorities (Israel)."

However the decisions included are “suspended’, as they require the signatures of Abbas as well as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in order to be implemented.

The announcement stated that security coordination would be stopped in all its forms, which if implemented could seriously endanger the already precarious status quo.

Israeli and Palestinian security forces work closely together throughout the West Bank and any suspension would increase fears of an uptick in violence.

Often far-right Israeli politicians take solace in the fact that the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank helps coordinate security with the Jewish state, providing some sense of security within its borders, in contrast to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Back in January and in 2015, the Palestinian Central Council had also made a similar decision to suspend security coordination with Israel, but PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO's executive committee did not sign off on them. 

ABBAS MOMANI (AFP)

However, the fresh announcement comes after Abbas reportedly threatened to end all security coordination with Israel should it go through with plans to cut funding based on salaries paid to families of Palestinians accused of terror.

“As soon as Israel cuts the salaries of the terrorists, we will cancel the security coordination at the moment." Abbas told Argaman, the head of Israel’s domestic security organization, Shin Bet, according to Maariv.

In June, the Israeli parliament passed a law that would allow them to slash tax transfers to the PA unless their policy, known as ‘pay for slay’, of making welfare payments to convicted terrorists and their families.

The Palestinian Central Council decision also stated that “Hamas bears full responsibility for not complying with the implementation of all agreements signed and foiled,” referring to the reconciliation agreements that failed between the Gaza-based group and the West Bank authority.

Tensions between Hamas and the PA have escalated following Gaza negotiations for a long-term peace agreement brokered by the UN and Egypt without the PA, leaving Abbas feeling sidelined and concerned over efforts by Israel and the US to try to weaken the unity of the Palestinians.

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I believe in a no state solution.

It's time for the plo heads and abA$$ to pack and leave as they are suspending the items of Odlo accord which let them in to Jewish stare of Israel.

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