PA officials assure Israel: We will enforce security

PA officials reportedly tell Israel that the PA will continue to enforce security stability despite its decision to end all agreements.

Elad Benari ,

Anti-Israel demonstrators rally in Ramallah
Anti-Israel demonstrators rally in Ramallah
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Despite the Palestinian Authority's announcement that it would end the security coordination with Israel, senior PA officials have been sending messages to Israel in recent days stating that the PA will continue to enforce security stability and will not allow the situation to deteriorate, Kan 11 News reported on Monday.

A security official had said after the PA decision, "The Palestinians have stopped everything, it's something they never did. There are no calls, the phones are closed. We have never been in a situation where everything is closed like now. But right now they’re simply not talking, they still haven't broken the rules. We'll see where it goes."

The senior official added, "They know very well, as we know, that they cannot live without us. Neither our system, nor theirs, can operate without civil and security coordination. The question is how the Palestinians will back down.”

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas last week declared an end to the agreements and understandings signed with Israel, including the security agreements, in response to Israel’s plans to declare sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

"The Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine, with all its consequences and repercussions based on international law and international humanitarian law,” he said.

He announced that the PA “will complete the signing of agreements to accede to international agreements and conventions that we have not yet joined.”

The PA is outraged over the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government can apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria this coming July.

Prof. Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that he believes that the Palestinians will not go so far as to halt the security coordination with Israel, as they need this cooperation more than Israel does.