Null and Void: Mahmoud Abbas Withdraws from all Agreements with Israel, US

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: File)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced his leadership will be ceasing all arrangements with Israel and the US in light of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plans.

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones,” the president said at a leadership meeting in Ramallah.

The announcement comes in response to plans by Netanyahu to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank, that were outlined in the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ proposed by US President Donald Trump and announced in January.

“The Israeli Occupation Authority must now carry all its obligations as an occupying power of Palestinian lands. It must bear all the consequences, and international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention also impose on the Occupying Authority the responsibility of caring for residents under occupation,” Abbas said.

Agreements that the PA now considers null and void include the Oslo Accords (1993), Hebron Agreement (1997) and Wye River Agreement (1998), which established security parameters between the PA and Israel in the West Bank.

The US has appeared supportive of annexation plans by Israel. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated last month that it is “ultimately” Israel’s decision, but US leaders will be consulting “privately” with the Israeli government if the plan proceeds.

Trump’s proposed deal giving Palestinians conditional independence was heavily criticized for favoring Israel and was rejected by Palestine and slammed by Arab and European countries. The plan includes territorial changes in favor of Israel in Jerusalem and the West Bank, annexed by Jordan in 1949 and taken by Israel in the 1967 war.

Abbas previously rejected the deal by telling Trump: “Our rights are not for sale.”

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  1. I don’t mean this in any disrespectful way.
    Just from the typical American citizens point of view.

    But so what?

    Americans have pretty much concluded that after Arafat first accepted and then rejected the Clinton peace plan “The hell with it.”
    It’s not our problem. We did the best we could, but apparently anything other than give us everything we want or no deal is the only answer Palestinians will accept. It’s not worth the energy.

    It appears that most of the rest of the world, including the Arab world feels the same way.
    No disrespect intended. Just telling you how most people feel about it.

    • Jeff. Israel has repeatedly broke international laws and agreements. The don’t want peace, they keep taking more and more land. That is the issue at hand. They allow settlers to illegally occupy and then they annex land forcibly removing residents. Americans only support them because they believe Israel is a chosen people and land. In reality the Israel of today has nothing to do with the Israel of the Bible- it is a secular country. In fact, some Jewish sects believe they will not get the land until their Messiah returns.

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