PA Could Face Existential Threat If It Cuts Security Ties with Israel

(Israel Hayom-JNS) Yaakov Lappin - Palestinian Authority security forces have ceased taking calls from the IDF and are not conducting security coordination with Israel, Israel's Channel 11 reported on Monday, citing a senior Israeli defense source. "But the Palestinians know well, like we do, that they can't live without us," said the source. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad, one of the founders of the security coordination between the IDF and the PA, said Monday that the PA benefits greatly from Israel's operations and intelligence capabilities used to prevent Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from building an armed infrastructure in the West Bank. "The PA has a strategic need for coordination with Israel." As long as the cut in contacts remains in place, this would risk "an armed coup against them. Hamas has a presence in the West Bank. Without Israel, it would grow stronger," said Elad.

2020-05-28 00:00:00

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