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PA begins ending security coordination as Israeli general warns of violence

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Deanna Wagner | 23 May, 2020, 14:54

The Palestinian Authority announced the suspension of all ties with the U.S. and Israel this February after rejecting Donald Trump's peace plan, that recognised Israeli settlements in the West Bank and hence undermined the idea of a contiguous Palestinian state.

"I'm not exactly sure what to make of his statement, but I regret that he has made a decision to abrogate these agreements", Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday, referring to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's announcement about an end to security cooperation.

Washington had been told of the move, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said after Abbas' declare.

Intelligence cooperation with the CIA continued even after the Palestinians began boycotting USA peace efforts led by President Donald Trump in 2017, with the sides working together on heading off violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority is based.

"Israel's annexation of any parts of the West Bank constitutes an existential threat to the Palestinian national project and an end to the two-state solution", the Palestine News Agency quoted Shtayyeh as saying. He did not give any details about what his latest declaration would mean in practice.

In a press conference, Mai Kaila said her country refused to receive the medical aid as the Emirati side ignored to coordinate with them.

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"But Erekat said:" Things change and we have decided it is time now to change".

Unlike Jordan and Egypt, both of which signed peace treaties with Israel in 1978 and 1994, respectively, other Arab states officially deny having ties with Israel, which has been, for decades, illegally occupying Palestinian territories. "We are going to maintain public order and the rule of law, alone".

The US embassy in Jerusalem declined comment.

Meanwhile, Haaretz and Reuters reported that Palestinian security forces began pulling back on Thursday from the West Bank's Areas B and C to Area A. Under the 1990s' Oslo accords, Area A is administered exclusively by the Palestinian Authority, Area B is under joint Israeli-Palestinian military and Palestinian civil control, and Area C is fully administered by Israel.

Abbas said on Tuesday the Palestinian government was "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".