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Friday, December 10, 2010

PA to cancel all security agreements?

From JPost:
The Palestinian Authority will stop coordinating its security with Israel, in response to the US's official announcement that peace talks have failed, Al Quds al-Arabi reported on Friday.

Khana Amira, a PLO official, told the UK newspaper that the PA is also considering canceling its other commitments to Israel, including the Oslo Accords and the Road Map, which demand that terror organizations will stop.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official and an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly plans to convene a meeting with the PLO and Fatah central committees on Friday afternoon, in order to make a new plan for the Palestinians.

The Palestinians are also considering seeking the UN Security Council's recognition of a Palestinian state on all the Palestinian territories that were captured by Israel in 1967.

In October, Abed Rabbo warned that the PA would unilaterally abrogate the Oslo Accords if the peace process broke down.

“We can’t remain committed to the agreements that were signed with Israel forever,” he said. “One party can’t remain committed while the other party has violated the agreements and even canceled them.”
I cannot find the original Al Quds article.

Abed Rabbo's statement is strange considering that Salam Fayyad has already said that he is no longer abiding by the Oslo Accords. True, Fayyad represents the PA and Abed Rabbo the PLO, but it is a distinction without a difference - officially the PA reports to the PLO.

The security arrangements that the PA has admittedly been doing a reasonable job on for the past couple of years in the West Bank has resulted in their citizens doing quite well - their economy is booming and their standard of living is relatively high, especially compared to Gaza where no such agreements exist. The economic prosperity is directly proportional to the security situation and cooperation with Israel. If the PLO wants to destroy the arrangements, they will destroy the livelihoods and well-being of their citizens.

Which will not be the first time that the Palestinian Arab leaders sacrifice their citizens' lives and happiness for their own petty politics.

(h/t Zach)