Palestinians to Pass 'Dangerous Resolutions' on Relations With Israel, U.S., Says Abbas

The Palestinian president vows that the Palestinian National Council, which is slated to convene at the end of the month, is going to take bold steps because 'Israel has violated' all the 'signed agreements between us'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during Fatah Central Committee meeting in Ramallah, October 6, 2018
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian National Council, which will meet at the end of the month, is expected to pass important and dangerous resolutions concerning relations with Israel and the United States, as well as Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Palestinian television Abbas gave in Oman during his recent official visit there, the Palestinian president said the National Council is the highest authority and the Palestinian leadership cannot ignore its decisions.

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“We will discuss all the issues on the agenda including the recent decisions by the United States against the Palestinian people, such as moving the embassy and closing the PLO offices in Washington. There are signed agreements too between us and them, and Israel has violated all these agreements and because of this violation we see ourselves as freed [from the agreements],” said Abbas.

Abbas noted that the Paris Agreement, for example, needs to be rewritten after 25 years and changes in relations with Israel.

"The National Council will make all the decisions, including on the issue of security coordination and economic relations. Even if such decisions will have dangerous implications it is impossible to continue with the present situation," he said.

Concerning Hamas, Abbas rejected claims that the Palestinian Authority has imposed sanctions or other harsh decrees on the Gaza Strip.

“This is not true, every month we pay $96 million to the Gaza Strip, but I made it clear to Egyptian President [Abdel-Fattah] al-Sissi that this situation cannot continue after 12 years of division – and out position is still clear: Either we receive responsibility for everything or they take responsibility for everything, and this too is something that will be brought before the National Council.”