PLO: Israel Chose 'Occupation, Settlements'

PLO official peeved over reelection of Netanyahu, vows 'struggle against Israel' in dropping security cooperation and filing ICC lawsuit.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yasser Abed Rabbo
Yasser Abed Rabbo
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) claimed that the Israeli elections reinstating Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were an Israeli choice for "occupation and settlement building."

"Israel chose the path of racism, occupation and settlement building, and did not choose the path of negotiations and partnership between us," senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Yasser Abed Rabbo told AFP.

"We are facing an Israeli society that is sick with racism, and a policy of occupation and settlement building...and ahead of us is a long and difficult road of struggle against Israel," Abed Rabbo claimed.

"We must complete our steps to stop security coordination (with Israel) and go to the Hague tribunal to move against settlements and Israel's crimes in its war on Gaza," threatened the official from the PLO, a terrorist organization that is no longer designated as such, since its legitimacy was internationally recognized in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The PA has threatened to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for "war crimes" as early as next month, despite the unilateral move being a breach of the Oslo Accords which created the PA.

In the final stages of the campaign, Netanyahu said in interviews that he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, shifting from his controversial 2009 Bar Ilan speech endorsement of a two-state solution.

He also pledged to build thousands of homes for Jews in eastern Jerusalem to prevent future concessions to the PA, although Jerusalem Council Arieh King has noted that since Netanyahu came to power in 2009 he has been, de facto, dividing the capital.

Abed Rabbo's claims notwithstanding, it was the PA that torpedoed the last round of peace talks by taking unilateral steps for international recognition and signing a unity deal with the Hamas terrorist organization.

Contrary to Abed Rabbo's charges of "settlement building," Israeli nationalists hold Netanyahu responsible for unilaterally freezing Jewish building in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

In a snap election to Israel's 120-seat parliament on Tuesday, Likud beat its leftist rivals the Zionist Union, comprised of Labor and Hatnua, by 30 seats to 24.