PLO’s Central Council Decides To Suspend Security Cooperation With Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, center, attends a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on February 6, 2022. (Palestinian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

PLO’s Central Council Decides To Suspend Security Cooperation With Israel

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s Palestinian Central Council has passed a resolution reaffirming its 2018 decision to suspend all security coordination with Israel until Israel recognizes a Palestinian state.

A similar resolution that was passed at the body’s last meeting four years ago was never implemented.

A member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said in a statement at the conclusion of the council’s meetings on Wednesday that “the council decides to end the obligations of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority in all agreements with the occupation authority, foremost of which is the suspension of recognition of the State of Israel until it recognizes a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and halt settlements.”

Many Palestinians doubt that there is a serious intention to implement the decisions of the Central Council. Similar resolutions were approved in the past, including in 2015, but were not implemented; in addition, the National Council adopted a similar resolution in 2018, and the General Secretaries’ approved one at its meeting in 2020, which also were not implemented.

The sentence that raises doubt that the PA leadership isn’t serious about its decision is one that says of the move: “The council decided to entrust the organization’s executive with developing the appropriate mechanisms to implement the decision in accordance with the requirements of the national interest.”

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