Abbas: PA No Longer Bound by Accords with Israel and US

Stand for Israel  |  May 20, 2020

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) leaves while wearing a protective mask due to COVID-19 pandemic following the Palestinian leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 19, 2020. - The Palestinian President again threatened to end security coordination with Israel and the United States, saying Israeli annexation would ruin chances for peace. (Photo by Alaa BADARNEH / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALAA BADARNEH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

If a global pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, now Israel has to deal with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ shenanigans once again. The Times of Israel reports that Abbas has threatened to terminate all agreements with Israel and America and leave sole responsibility of the Palestinian population to the Jewish state:

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones,” Abbas said during a meeting of Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, according to a copy of his remarks from the PA’s official Wafa news agency.

Abbas has on dozens of occasions previously threatened to tear up all agreements with Israel, and it was unclear whether his declaration Tuesday would be implemented or have any practical effect.

The two governments work together on matters ranging from water to security, and withdrawing from agreements could impact security in the West Bank. If the Palestinians were to dissolve the PA, tens of thousands of public workers would lose their jobs.

“The Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine, with all its consequences and repercussions based on international law and international humanitarian law,” Abbas said…

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