With an impotent EU & UN and no tangible support from the international community, Mahmoud Abbas announces conclusion of all Israel-Palestinian Authority agreements, including security coordination with the IDF, because of Israel’s demolition of Palestinian apartments near Jerusalem and “all the violations against our people.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Thursday that all signed agreements with Israel, including its ongoing security coordination in the West Bank, would be terminated over “all the violations against our people.”
“We announce the leadership’s decision to stop implementing the agreements signed with the Israeli side,” he said in a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah, saying Palestinians would immediately form a committee to study how to carry out the decision.
— Palestine PLO-NAD (@nadplo) July 22, 2019
The two governments work together on matters ranging from water to security, and withdrawing from agreements could impact security in the West Bank.
Abbas has made similar threats before and not implemented them, but relations between the West Bank’s Palestinian Authority and its Israeli counterpart have worsened in recent months.
The declaration comes a day after the US reportedly blocked a proposal to the United Nations Security Council seeking condemnation of housing demolitions carried out near Jerusalem by Israel that displaced 17 some Palestinians.
The demolition created controversy and further enmity between the two. It is considered a violation of international law, while Israel claims it the location of the buildings were a safety concern to civilians and security forces due to their proximity to the security fence.
The move led to condemnation from a number of international voices, including the European Union and France, who called on Israel to halt the demolitions.
The Palestinian government said last week that the demolitions were a breach of all agreements signed with Israel as most of the buildings are located in areas meant to be under the Palestinian Authority (PA) civilian control.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the Palestinians planned to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court over the matter.
“The cabinet condemns this grave aggression. This is a continuation of the forced displacement of the people of Jerusalem from their homes and lands– a war crime and a crime against humanity,” Shtayyeh told Reuters.
Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan accused the Palestinians of “lies”, stressing the demolition was validated by the state’s top court after a lengthy process.
“The structures were built illegally next to the security fence and constitute a risk to the lives of the civilians and security forces,” Erdan tweeted last week, citing the June supreme court ruling.
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