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November 1, 2018 9:49 am

Palestinians Downplay Recommendation to Suspend ‎Recognition of Israel

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with members of the Central Committee in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Jan. 14, 2018. Photo: Flash90.

JNS.org – Palestinian officials attempted to ‎downplay a statement on Tuesday by the Palestine Liberation ‎Organization’s Central ‎Council that the PLO ‎was suspending its ‎recognition of Israel until ‎Israel agrees to acknowledge an ‎independent ‎Palestinian state within the 1967 borders ‎and with ‎east Jerusalem as its capital.‎

In its announcement on Monday, the Central Council also said the PLO was ‎suspending all security ‎and economic ties with ‎Israel, as outlined in the ‎‎1994 Paris Economic ‎Protocol.‎

The decision essentially means that the PLO wants ‎to ‎cease compliance with the 1993 Oslo Accords on ‎which ‎the Israeli-Palestinian peace ‎process is founded. ‎

However, officials in Palestinian Authority stressed on Tuesday that the ‎announcement was declarative and non-binding, and said ‎it was doubtful that PA leader Mahmoud Abbas would endorse ‎it. Abbas must ratify the council’s ‎resolution for it to come into force.

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Ahead of the UN General Assembly in September, ‎Abbas threatened to use his speech there to declare ‎a “Palestinian state under ‎occupation,” effectively ‎spelling ‎the Palestinian Authority’s withdrawal from ‎the Oslo ‎Accords. ‎

He decided to postpone the declaration a day before ‎his Sept. 27 speech.

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