PLO adopts resolution calling for end to security cooperation with Israel

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( The central council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has adopted a resolution calling for an end to security cooperation with Israel.

According to the PLO resolution, the Palestinians decided to “suspend all forms of security coordination given Israel’s systematic and ongoing noncompliance with its obligations under signed agreements,” and to boycott all Israeli products as well as “attempts to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.” The council also called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for “systematic violations of international law.” 

The PLO move comes in response to Israel’s decision to halt the transfer of tax revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinians, which came in response to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to unilaterally join the International Criminal Court.

It is unclear if Abbas, who also serves as chairman of the PLO, supports the move to end security cooperation with Israel. In the past, various Palestinian officials have called for a halt to that cooperation, but those threats have never materialized. 

As part of the 1993 Oslo Accords, Israel and the PA cooperate on security issues. While Israel cut off cooperation during the Second Intifada (2000-2005), Abbas gradually restored those ties with the Jewish state using security forces and police who were trained by American Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, who headed American security assistance to the Palestinians. Israel regularly uncovers terror plots in the disputed territories by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups, not only against Israeli targets but also against the PA.

Posted on March 5, 2015 .