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PA leaders meet with Israel, threaten to end security coordination

March 3, 2016 12:21 P.M. (Updated: March 4, 2016 7:52 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A delegation from the Palestinian Authority (PA) officially warned Israeli authorities several days ago that the Palestinian government would end its security coordination with Israel if the state did not "commit to past agreements," a member of the PLO executive committee told Ma'an.

Wassel Abu Youssef said the head of PA Intelligence Majed Faraj, as well as the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh and head of PA preventive security Ziyad Hab al-Reeh, met with an Israeli security delegation to deliver the warning.

The PA delegation informed their Israeli counterparts that the PLO Central Council came to an official decision to work towards ending security coordination with Israel if the "current situation" were to continue, Abu Youssef said.

Abu Youssef stressed that Palestinian leadership does not fear the consequences of ending security coordination, as Israel is already "carrying out an open war against Palestinians."

He added that the decision to end security coordination has the support of other Arab countries.

Abu Youssef said PA leaderships expects to be contacted by Israeli authorities trying to challenge the Palestinian government and to pressure the PA to reconsider its stance.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made the same announcement during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Oct. 30.

While many understood the president's speech to be groundbreaking, no clear changes have been made in regards to security cooperation between the PA and Israel in occupied Palestinian territory.
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