Palestinian Authority Rejects Arab Aid That Landed in Israel

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

The official said Washington had been informed of the decision after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday his administration was no longer committed to agreements with Israel and the U.S., including on security coordination.

On Thursday, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said the Palestinians had suspended contacts with the Central Intelligence Agency following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announcement on Tuesday to end the agreements.

The Palestinian Authority has refused to accept a shipment of aid against coronavirus sent by the United Arab Emirates because the PA "doesn't want to serve as a bridge for the normalization of ties between the UAE and Israel", the Palestinian news agency Maan reported on Thursday.

Although the PA started boycotting Trump-led mediation efforts in 2017, intelligence cooperation continued to fend off violence in the West Bank.

"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.

Why it matters: Abbas has threatened before to cut security ties with Israel and the United States but has never fully followed through. He did not give any details about what his latest declaration would mean in practice. "Security coordination with Israel is no more", said Erekat.

She said: "The UAE has not coordinated with us regarding the medical aid, and we reject to receive it without coordination".

According to the 1993 Oslo Accords, the West Bank is divided into three areas: Area A, under Palestinian Authority (PA) security and civil control; Area B, where the PA has civilian rule but security remains controlled by Israel; and Area C, which is under full Israeli civil and military control and includes the highly strategic Jordan Valley.

The US embassy in Jerusalem declined comment.

"In light of the president's instructions about ceasing security coordination, the Israeli side was notified" of the partial withdrawal.

On Tuesday, an Emirati flight carrying medical aid for Palestinians landed at an Israeli airport after taking off from Abu Dhabi, marking the first public flight between the two states despite the UAE not having any official ties with Israel.

Pompeo would not say if he had spoken to Palestinian leaders about the decision, but maintained the United States would continue to pursue its vision for peace.

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