Palestinian Authority Rejects Arab Aid That Landed in Israel

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

The move came in protest of Israeli threats to annex parts of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.

The latest: Palestinian newspaper "Al-Ayyam" reports that UN Secretary General António Guterres called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday evening to discuss the possibility of a ministerial-level meeting, to be held under UN auspices.

Intelligence cooperation with the CIA continued even after the Palestinians began boycotting US peace efforts led by President Donald Trump in 2017, with the sides working together on heading off violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority is based.

Palestinian officials are yet to comment on whether the move was related to recent remarks by President Mahmoud Abbas on Palestine's withdrawal from past agreements with the United States and Israel as Tela Aviv is expected to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.

In the long term, the PA is reliant on security cooperation with Israel to ward off Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, which will likely try to make inroads in the West Bank if cooperation actually does end.

"Security coordination with Israel is no more", said Erekat.

The Times of Israel also said on Friday that Israeli sources had confirmed that the PA had stopped all facets of coordination with Israel in the past 24 hours.

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Stung by the surprise public flight of an Arab airline plane landing publicly in Israel, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at the United Arab Emirates and accused them of betrayal.

The PA has boycotted the White House since Trump's 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the transfer of the U.S. embassy to the city, the eastern part of which Palestinians claim for a future state.

Meanwhile, Haaretz and Reuters reported that Palestinian security forces began pulling back on Thursday from the West Bank's Areas B and C to Area A. Under the 1990s' Oslo accords, Area A is administered exclusively by the Palestinian Authority, Area B is under joint Israeli-Palestinian military and Palestinian civil control, and Area C is fully administered by Israel.

The Arab48 news website quoted Israeli sources as saying that Palestinian security forces withdrew from the town of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, on Friday morning.

On Thursday, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh held a meeting with the heads of the Palestinian security forces at his office in Ramallah, where he discussed measures to immediately end all agreements and contacts with Israel.

Palestinians worry that Israel, with Washington's blessing, could carry out pledges to apply Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, which they see as annexation.

Pompeo would not say if he had spoken to Palestinian leaders about the decision, but maintained the United States would continue to pursue its vision for peace.

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