The PLO Central Committee, whose decisions are non-binding, voted to suspend recognition of Israel until Israel acknowledges a Palestinian State and decided to suspend all security and economic agreements with Israel. Mahmoud Abbas said he was inclined to endorse the decisions but may well ignore them just as he ignored its recent call to dissolve the Palestinian Authority. Abbas did say that the PA felt free from commitment to all signed agreements as Israel had violated them all.
Speaking to the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas cursed President Trump and reiterated that Palestinians would not accept his peace deal.
“We are the Canaanites, the legal owners of the land. All of the settlements are illegal, and we will not agree to any settlement or Jewish presence inside Palestinian territory,” he said.
He charged that Trump already annulled the Yerushalayim issue by moving the embassy to Yerushalayim and annulled the Palestinian right of return by closing down UNWRA and brazenly saying there were no more than 40,000 Palestinian refugees.
“The salaries of the shaheeds (martyrs) are our red line,” he added. “We absorb a lot of pressure, but we will not compromise or give up on this matter, the money will go to them – until the last expulsion [of Jews].”
Abbas threatened Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman that if Israel reduces its transfer of Palestinian tax revenues by the sum the PA pays jailed terrorists and families of dead terrorists, the Palestinian economic and security cooperation with Israel will immediately be canceled.