POST TIME: 5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
PLO to mull revoking recognition of Israel

PLO to mull revoking recognition of Israel

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas recites a prayer prior to chairing a meeting of the PLO Executive Committee at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday. AFP photo

RAMALLAH: The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s top leadership opened the way to suspending its recognition of Israel Saturday, but stopped short of ordering the drastic measure immediately, reports AFP.

Withdrawing the PLO’s 1988 recognition would threaten decades of Israeli relations with the moderate Palestinian leadership and raise doubts over security coordination between the two.

It would also be seen as a fatal blow to the two-state solution, already on life support following the White House’s December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.

The PLO’s Executive Committee released a statement after a three-hour meeting Saturday saying it would set up a committee to study the derecognition move. The organisation’s top body was meeting for the first time since the Palestinian Central Council, another arm of the PLO, called for the step last month. The executive committee on Saturday urged the Palestinian Authority of president Mahmud Abbas to “immediately start preparing plans and projects for disengagement steps with the Israeli occupation government at the political, administrative, economic and security levels.”

The Palestinian leadership has become increasingly frustrated with the American administration, particularly since President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, in a break with decades of international consensus that the city’s fate should be decided in peace talks.