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West Bank - PLO: Palestinian Authority Leaders To Discuss Cutting Ties With Israel

Published on: December 27, 2015 08:50 PM
By: Jerusalem Post 
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West Bank - The Palestinian Authority leadership is expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the future of its relations with Israel, PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said on Sunday.

Erekat said that he expected the meeting to take place before the end of this year to discuss previous decisions by PLO and Fatah bodies to suspend relations with Israel.

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“There will be decisive and important decisions regarding all forms of ties with the occupation, including security and political relations,” he said.

However, he ruled out the possibility that the PA leadership would cut all ties with Israel.

Erekat confirmed that he had met in recent months with then-interior minister Silvan Shalom, who was entrusted with maintaining contacts with the PA leadership. Two meetings took place last July and August, Erekat said.

Erekat’s remarks came in response to a report on Israel Radio, which said that he and Shalom had met to discuss the peace process.

According to the report, Erekat demanded during the meeting that the two sides hold secret negotiations to draw the borders of a future Palestinian state. Erekat denied that he had requested secret talks with Israel.

He explained that he demanded that the negotiations deal with the drawing of the borders on the basis of the pre-1967 lines, the release of Palestinian prisoners and a full cessation of settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. He also demanded that Israel fulfill its obligation to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Erekat said that the Israeli government rejected the Palestinian demands and was now trying to convince the US that the Palestinians are opposed to the resumption of peace negotiations.

The Israel Radio report also said that the Israeli government had turned down the Palestinian demand to conduct secret negotiations.



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 Dec 27, 2015 at 09:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Hopefully they break ties. Then we may be able to shift blame of the "failed peace process" away from Israel and onto the Arabs.

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 Dec 27, 2015 at 10:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Here we go again with the same old tired threats. Now the US, UN, EU will all warn Israel about the "terrible danger" of the pa cutting ties with Israel, and will all once again lay on the pressure that Israel should make "goodwill gestures" to "coax" the palis back to the negotiating table (i.e. Israel gives more land, stops building, releases pali prisoners, and gets what in return? Nothing.)

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 12:35 AM berylyoseph Says:

The Palestinians had hoped that by now, Israel would have withdrawn to the 67 lines, and the time would have been ripe to cut off relations, and start preparation for the final onslaught against Israel and try to drive it to the sea, Since, with. Hashems help, it didn't happen, The Palestinians are contemplating this strategy from their present posture,

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 02:09 AM ExpatriateOwl Says:

Our Peace Partners!

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 02:34 AM Anonymous Says:

The former foreign minister of Australia is pressuring the current foreign minister of Australia to urge Xi Xinping to step up to the plate and mediate middle east peace, since China knows from experience what terrorism is, they also have methods to eradicate the terrorists and prevent it from further breeding. Since china has the upper hand economically with all the Arab states they can neutralize the middle east in its entirety including wioing out the ISIS threat along with the coalition. Now is a good time fo china to really flex its muscle, while the Palestinian authority severs it's relationship with Israel. Of course the best scenario would be if mashiach can come this week!

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 07:31 AM HankM Says:

"I'll bite your leg off" - Monty Python

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