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Abbas Threatens to Cancel Agreements if Israel Proceeds with Annexation Plans

Abbas Threatens to Cancel Agreements if Israel Proceeds with Annexation Plans

Thursday, 30 April, 2020 - 10:00
A view shows Jordan Valley near the West Bank (Reuters)

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will hold two important meetings next week with Fatah’s Central Committee and the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), announced head of the General Authority of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh.

Sheikh, who is also a member of Fatah’s central committee, added that the meetings will discuss the latest political developments and develop strategies to confront the annexation government in Israel.

Abbas wants to draw up a clear plan to respond to Israel’s plot to annex parts of the West Bank.

Palestinian officials warned that it will be a new, different, and decisive stage, if Israel goes with the plans to annex the West Bank.

PA informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that officials are now discussing canceling agreements and suspending recognition of Israel.

If the authority went ahead with these plans, then all political, security and economic agreements and understandings with Israel will will be ripped up.

The sources believe that the situation can’t get wore, noting that regardless of the price the PA might have to pay, it can’t accept this plan.

They indicated that the PA was formed to establish a state for the Palestinian people, adding that Israel wants to change this reality.

Israel insists on carrying out the annexation with the support of the US administration.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “confident” the US administration will recognize Israeli sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank within months.

“President Trump pledged to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Jewish communities there and in the Jordan Valley,” Netanyahu said.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupying state and the transfer of the US embassy to it was the green light for the occupation authorities to continue the Judaization of occupied territories.

The Ministry indicated that the occupation measures and annexations are illegal.

“This is a flagrant coup against the international terms of reference of the peace process, mainly the principles of land for peace, the two-state solution and the UN resolutions, which were replaced by the US administration’s so-called 'Deal of the Century’.”

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