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March 6, 2016 10:15 pm

Likud Ministers Shrug Off Palestinian Threat to End Security Cooperation With Israel; Say PA Would Be ‘Shooting Itself in the Head’

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Palestinian security forces in the West Bank. Photo: Wikipedia.

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Two cabinet ministers from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party shrugged off a Palestinian Authority threat to cease all security cooperation with Israel.

Ze’ev Elkin and Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio on Sunday that the PA has far more to lose through such a maneuver, with the former calling the threat “empty,” and the latter saying the PA would be “shooting itself in the head” if it actually went through with it.

Elkin, who holds the Immigrant Absorption and Jerusalem Affairs portfolios, and Steinitz, minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, were responding to an ultimatum – based on recommendations by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat – and delivered last month by heads of the PA’s intelligence and security apparatus during a meeting with Israeli officials.

According to the ultimatum, Israel Radio reported, the PA would halt its security cooperation with Israel if IDF forces continued to enter West Bank “Area A” (where the PA was granted full civil and security control in the Oslo Accords), and if Israel opposed renewing the security status spelled out in the Accords for both Areas A and B (where the PA was given civil control, but Israel and the PA were given joint security control).

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In addition, Erekat’s recommendations included relinquishing the use of the shekel as currency, as part of a move to separate from the “occupation economy” and establish its own independent one.

Erekat also recommended adopting the principle of the “popular struggle;” imposing a Palestinian boycott on Israel and its products; acting to open an investigation against Israel at the International Criminal Court at the Hague; and promoting a UN Security Council resolution against the settlements.

Minister Elkin said that the PA would not make good on its threats or ultimatum, as security cooperation with Israel serves to protect President Mahmoud Abbas more than it does Israel. Minister Steinitz said that without Israeli security cooperation, the PA would be liable to collapse within a few months.

They were referring to Abbas’ purportedly precarious position within his Fatah faction and, more importantly, to keeping Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip, from wresting power in the West Bank as well.

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  • Al Talena

    The pali position is clear. abASS has said to his people that his goal is a pali state from the river to the sea w/o Jews and any agreement is only a hudna toward no Israel. He’s also said that not only will he not recognize Isael as a Jewish state, there will be no agreement unless Israel take in the so-called refugees. His position that he will not negotiate unless Israel first concedes to his demands says it all. And he’s considered a so-called moderate.

  • Al Talena

    Recommended reading: “The Arab Mind” by Rafael Patai. Most illuminating is the chapter of the arab use of speech.

  • Yale

    I would have thought that Israeli ministers had seen the PA in operation long enough to know that just because something is stupid or irrational doesn’t mean the PA won’t try it.

  • jeffberkman

    Israel should accept this Palestinian threat as an invitation to have direct negotiations. it helps Israel’s international standing by proving it is willing to talk with their counterparts. The odds are that the talks will not go very far but at least it shows flexibility without paying a high price. Having Israel and the PA discussing the terms of IDF entry into Zones A and B may be beneficial for both parties. Israel supporters are more effective if U.N.criminal charges are not filed and boycott efforts are diminished.Neither Israel nor the Palestinians are better off if the Palestine Authority destroys itself.

  • martin kessler

    I’m always amazed why Israeli officials have no idea how to negotiate.

    Why even tell them they would be making a grave mistake. They’re big boys.

    Just say “Good Bye”…. and nothing else.

    • Al Talena

      Negotiate with whom? abASS has said to his people that his goal is a pali state from the river to the sea w/o Jews. Any agreement is only a step toward no Israel. He’s also said that not only will he not recognize Isael as a Jewish state, there will be no agreement unless Israel take in the so-called refugees. He has stated he will not negotiate unless Israel first concedes to his demands.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Erekat has lost whatever functioning parts of his brain he had.

    Could he be suicidal?
    That would be appreciated by both parties.

  • ART

    If the pa/abbas ceases cooperation with Israel, Israel should withdraw its protection of abbas. He is powerless, an illegal holdover with no authority to bind the pa, he threatens tofold the pa and resign. His lack of protection and possible loss at the hands of his proteges and “friends” is of little matter since he has no legal authority and no desire to work for peace, indeed the plo/fatah/abbas pa is doomed to fall before hamas of Isis or some other islamic group. Withdraw abbas’ protection

  • It’s time for Israel to end security cooperation with the PLO terrorist entity. Israel should allow the PLO terrorist entity to collapse, and replace it with Israeli governance. The Oslo Accords failed because the PLO terrorist entity proved it cannot be trusted.

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