PLO votes to suspend its recognition of Israel

Following Abbas’s call to “revise all the agreements signed between the PLO and Israel”,PLO council votes to suspend recognition of Israel; Demands Israel halt settlements, cancel annexation of Jerusalem and return to 1967 borders.

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The Palestinian Central Council voted to suspend recognition of Israel as the Palestinians continue their efforts against the Israel and the United States.

The council of the PLO announced on Monday from Ramallah that it would not only suspend its recognition of Israel, but would cut ties until Israel halts all settlement activity, returns to 1967 borders, cancels its “annexation of east Jerusalem” and recognizes the “State of Palestine”.

The PLO first recognized Israel in 1993 in the “Letter of Mutual Recognition” between then Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and PLO head Yasser Arafat. The PLO’s vote Monday suspends that recognition, yet calls on Israel to recognize a Palestinian state.

The announcement is part of consistent efforts and action by the Palestinians to delegitimize the State of Israel and “reclaim” Jerusalem following President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December of last year.

The PLO’s actions follow a speech by Abbas over the weekend, when the Palestinian Authority head called on Arabs and Muslims to focus on Jerusalem, which he claimed was “was taken off the table by a tweet from Mr. Trump”, emphasizing that “there is nothing more important than Jerusalem.” He called to “revise all the agreements signed between the PLO and Israel because Israel has brought these agreements to a dead end.”

Abbas claimed in his speech over the weekend that “Politically, Jerusalem is our capital; in our religion, it is our capital; geographically, it is our capital… We’re done. Here we stay. We will not make the mistakes of the past, of 1948 and 1967, again. Jerusalem and al-Aqsa, of which Mohammad spoke, are one of the holiest sites after Mecca and Medina.”

 

Photo: Abbas, Wikimedia, 2017