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PCC decides to suspend recognition of Israel

Oct. 30, 2018 11:08 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 10:56 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Central Council (PCC) decided on Monday, a day after meeting in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, to end all commitments in agreements the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has signed with Israel, suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine, end security coordination and end the Paris Economic Protocols.

The PCC said in a statement "In view of Israel's continued denial of the signed agreements, the PCC, in confirmation of its previous decision and considering that the transitional phase no longer exists, decides to end the commitments of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority towards its agreements with the occupying Power, suspend recognition of the State of Israel until its recognition of the State of Palestine on the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, end security coordination in all its forms, and disengage economically from Israel on the grounds that the transitional phase, including the Paris Economic Protocols no longer exist."

The council authorized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who chaired the PCC meetings and the PLO's executive committee, to decide whether or not he would implement the decisions mentioned.

The PCC also expressed support for Abbas' opposition to the United States Trump administration's so-called "Deal of the Century," accusing the US of "siding with the Israeli occupation" and of being "part of the problem and not part of the solution."

The council held the Hamas movement responsible for failing to implement the agreements it had signed with the Fatah movement over the years.

The statement added that calm with Israel is the responsibility of the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and not the duty of the factions.

The statement stressed "our right to resistance by all means as per international law."

In addition, a number of Palestinian factions called to boycott the PCC's meeting, criticizing Abbas for not implementing its decisions.

The Palestinian factions referred to a number of decisions taken by the PCC and the PNC in recent months, calling for the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority (PA), however, Abbas and the PLO's Executive Committee have "refrained" from implementing them.

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