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Abbas May Halt Security Cooperation with Israel Unless "Palestine" Is Created

SFI Blog, Mahmoud Abbas U.S. State Dept

Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head Mahmoud Abbas has long found ways to try to pressure Israel into conceding to his demands. The Jerusalem Post reports that the P.A.’s latest tactic may be to stop any semblance of security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank unless a Palestinian state is created:

An unnamed international diplomat well-versed in the vicissitudes of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations of recent years told Israel Radio on Thursday that “it is not inconceivable to envisage a scenario in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would put a halt to security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank.”

Israel Radio quotes the official as saying that if the Palestinian leader feels he has exhausted all other options in his quest to establish an independent state on the West Bank, he would in effect abdicate the provisional government’s responsibility – as per the terms of the Oslo Accords – to combat rejectionist violence from organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The official predicted that the United States would move to renew the peace process shortly following Israel’s upcoming parliamentary elections …

Washington would block unilateral Palestinian efforts to win statehood through UN Security Council resolutions by applying various levers of pressure.

Tags: Palestinian Authority , Israel

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