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December 23, 2014 2:18 pm

Abbas Threatens to Break Off Ties With Israel if U.N. Measure Fails

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum.

JNS.org – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to break off ties with Israel if the Palestinian-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution demanding Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by 2017 fails.

Speaking to reporters in Algeria, Abbas said that the Palestinians are “determined to restore their rights, including the right of return for refugees and the release of all Palestinians from Israeli prison,” the Algerian Press Service reported.

“If we fail, we will halt all dealings with the Israeli government and ask it to assume its responsibilities as an occupation state,” added Abbas.

Yet the PA’s draft resolution has raised objections from Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that rules Gaza. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that the U.N. measure “doesn’t represent the consensus of the Palestinian people.” Abu Zuhri called on Abbas to withdraw the resolution, saying “we believe in Hamas that this draft resolution doesn’t cover [all] Palestinians and here [in Gaza there] is a large factional opposition.”

Hamas has traditionally opposed working with international institutions like the U.N. to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring violence. The U.S.—which holds veto power in the U.N. Security Council—has indicated it will veto any PA resolution that supports unilateral actions outside of negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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  • Tina

    Merry Christmas to Gaza and West Bank!

  • victoria brandeis

    stop threatening…..just turn your back…put your hands in your pocket,

    roll your collar up against your ears and keep on walking….out of our lives and the lives of those who you steal and lie from


  • Abbushuki

    Here’s something: “Right of return for refugees”: Until he recognizes that Zionism is the right of return for prior refugees from Judea, known as Judeans, but called Jews for short, he’ll never get anything but a heart attack.

    • Tina

      Exile didnt happen. Time for you to learn history. I hope you are not Jewish. It is very sad to see people who do not know their own history.

  • Abbushuki

    YES! Abbas, go ahead and make Israel’s day! Israel gets to stop providing unpaid electricity, water, fuel and other utilities. Abbas loses his biggest export customer. No more imports from Israeli ports. No more personal protection by the IDF against Hamas assassination threats. No more Israeli expenditures on trips to talk about talking about talking about the terms of Israeli surrender to the Arabs.

    Maybe he should just threaten to hold his breath until he gets what he wants? Or put a gun to his head threatening he’ll become a shihad if he doesn’t get what he wants? If he shoots, of course it would be Israel’s fault!

    His problem is that he thinks Israel is as stupid as he is.
    What a jerk.

    • Tina

      Israel as an occupying power has a responsibility for people it occupies. Using palestinian water resources for its own needs in a very generous manner and leaving Palestinians with a few drops of water per person seems unethical. One could call it exploitation.
      Shame on Israel.