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Radical change: Palestinian Authority to withdraw recognition of Israel

Radical change: Palestinian Authority to withdraw recognition of Israel

Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin (L) and Palestinian president Yasser Arafat (R) with US president Bill Clinton, 1993 (Photo by Reuters)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (06:10 PM) – According to a report published by the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), an umbrella organisation containing most Palestinian parties and widely considered to be the representative of Palestine, the PLO will withdraw diplomatic recognition of the Israeli regime soon.

The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization wrote in the report that it will cease to recognise Israel as a legitimate state until further notice, as well as refuse any role for the United States of America as a mediator in peace talks in the region. Instead, the PLO would seek an “international formula” for solving the issues at hand. These planned changes are outlined in a report of the latest Executive Committee meeting, and are supposed to be finalised in a follow-up meeting later this month.

Furthermore, the report states that the PLO would actively change the status of the Palestinian Authority, the current government of the West Bank area of Palestine, from “transitional government” to that of “state under occupation”, which would constitute a clear call for support as well as a thinly veiled accusation towards the occupying regime in Tel Aviv.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) was originally formed as a transitional administration in 1993 as part of the Oslo Accords, and was supposed to be dissolved after five years to make place for a new and internationally-recognised Palestinian republic after a final peace agreement that was supposed to be signed later.
However, with the final peace agreement never occuring, the PA has remained de facto in charge over the non-occupied areas of Palestine ever since.

Now, almost 25 years after the Oslo Accords, the PLO is threatening to finally and officially dissolve the transitional Palestinian Authority, which would technically render the Oslo Accords null and void. Since many Palestinians believe the 1993 Accords were never truly implemented by Israel anyway, considering the constant expansion of Israeli colonies and settlements in the West Bank despite offical recognition of this land as Palestinian by Tel Aviv, the official termination of the agreement is seen by many as a logical step.

PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani voiced the organisation’s concerns as follows:
“[Israel] didn’t commit to any of the terms (…) I believe we are late in making these decisions and implementing them, which has created a gap between the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people.”

The PLO has in the past faced significant criticism for what some in Palestine see as a too weak and submissive position towards Israel. In 2006, the organisation lost the Palestinian legislative elections in favour of the hardline political party Hamas, which has controled the Gaza Strip ever since as de facto autonomous state.

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