Palestinian Authority to Reconsider All Ties with Israel

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced plans to reconsider all its security, political and economic agreements with Israel in the coming days.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Hana Amira said the decision is in response to Israel’s repeated violations of bilateral agreements.

Amira also pointed out that the PA considers taking its case to the UN General Assembly and Security Council.

Last Friday, PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas said he planned to make “a dramatic announcement within 10 days" after talks with Israel failed.

The statement came after Tel Aviv refused to curb its settlement activities on occupied Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

Israeli Ministry of Defense recently approved a plan to construct 600 new homes in Shilo inside the occupied West Bank.

Israeli anti-settlement group, Peace Now, said the construction project is the biggest settlement plan in the occupied West Bank since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in March 2009. It claimed that the approval also retroactively legitimized about 100 homes built without permits.

Nearly 500,000 Israelis live in more than 100 settlement units built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The developments come against the backdrop of a recent agreement between rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, to form a transitional unity government and chose Abbas to head the interim Palestinian government.

(Press TV)

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