Palestinian Authority threatens new intifada

Residents of Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood wait for a bus protected by a painted concrete anti-sniper wall, during the mid-1990s intifada. (Abir Sultan/Flash90)


JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—A member of the PLO Executive said this week that the Palestinian Authority is weighing a choice between continuing security and economic cooperation with Israel—or triggering a new uprising against Israel.

PLO Executive member Hana Amira told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that the Palestinian Authority is reevaluating its diplomatic agreements with Israel, because of what he called “Israel’s repeated violations” of them.

Amira was quoted as saying the PA is considering launching a new intifada, or popular uprising against the Israeli occupation. He added that the PA would also explore the possibility of another unilateral attempt to win statehood recognition from the UN Security Council and General Assembly.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas told an Egyptian television station last Friday that he would make “a dramatic announcement” within 10 days, following the collapse of talks with Israel in Jordan.

While the PA continues to stonewall negotiations with Israel, Abbas’s Fatah and Hamas continue to stumble in their on-again, off-again unity talks about forming a new joint government.

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