Palestinian leaders resolve to suspend recognition of Israel

Palestinian leaders reached the resolution as a meeting last night

Palestinian leaders reached the resolution as a meeting last night

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The second-highest decision-making body in the Palestinian Territories has recommended to revoke the recognition of Israel, in a move which could bring fresh turmoil to the Middle East.

The central council of the Palestine Liberation Organisation made the recommendation last night (Monday) during a meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The PLO, which comprises a number of major Palestinian political parties, said it had told its executive committee "to suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and revokes the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand and build settlements."

The central council also renewed its decision to block security coordination between Israel and Palestine in all forms and "affirmed its rejection and condemnation of the Israeli apartheid," according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

There was also a stinging rebuke for Donald Trump, with the council roundly rejecting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and saying that, by doing so, it has forfeited its eligibility to mediate in the peace process.

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem brought protests across the Palestinian Territories, which are considered occupied by the United Nations.

Demonstrations erupted across Gaza and the West Bank, crystallising in a 'day of rage' which led to clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces. The leader of Hamas has also called for the Palestinian people to rise up and wage a new Intifada against Israel.