Erekat: PLO to make 'critical decisions' on Israel

PLO Secretary General says the Palestinian leadership will convene this week to decide how to move forward with regards to Israel.

Dalit Halevi ,

Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat on Sunday reiterated that the Palestinian leadership will soon make critical decisions regarding the relationship with Israel.

In an interview with Hamas's Al-Risala newspaper, Erekat said that in the coming days there will be an extended meeting of the Palestinian leadership to discuss the implementation of the decisions taken by the Central Council of the PLO regarding interaction with the Israelis.

He estimated that the decisive meeting will take place at the end of the week.

In March this year, the PLO's Central Council decided to end the security coordination with Israel, and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned in his UN speech in September that the PA was no longer committed to the 1994 Oslo Accords.

Abbas has repeatedly threatened to cut ties with Israel and has in the past also hinted at plans to dismantle the PA and thus enact a serious blow to Israel through international legislation.

Dismantling the PA would transfer all responsibility for the Palestinian Arabs to Israel, dissolving the Oslo Accords. But it would also leave Israel vulnerable to litigation over the "settlements" in international courts - and change Israel's demographics to tip the religious and ethnic majority.