Will Abbas Carry Out His Threat to Nix Agreements with Israel?

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - The Palestinian Authority is considering cancelling all signed agreements with Israel in response to the Israeli government's plan to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. Palestinians, however, do not take seriously repeated threats by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to renounce the agreements or suspend security coordination with Israel. The termination of the Oslo Accords will lead to the dismantlement of the PA and its institutions, with Abbas losing his status as PA president. In addition, such a move is likely to result in a sharp decline of international financial aid. Palestinian officials said on Sunday that terminating the agreements with Israel would have "catastrophic consequences" for the Palestinian economy. "For Abbas, halting security coordination with Israel would be tantamount to suicide," said Palestinian political analyst Abdel Jawad Burhan. "Without the security coordination, the Palestinian Authority will collapse."

2020-05-04 00:00:00

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