On May 15th the Central Committee of the PLO will meet in Ramallah to discuss the total cessation of diplomatic relations with Israel. If approved, this decision would be made just weeks before the Trump administration publishes its peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mahmoud Aloul, a member in the Fatah leadership said that this would mean no longer recognizing Israel as a state, and a complete suspension of security coordination between Israel and Palestinian security forces.
The PLO’s threats come in response to Israel’s decision to deduct from Palestinian taxes the annual amount paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists and their families for carrying out terrorist attacks.
Aloul also blamed the U.S. for the situation by saying that the U.S. government ”has chosen escalation in the region after its decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and encourage Israeli settlements.”
“The US administration has chosen escalation in the region after its decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and encourage Israeli settlements,” he said.
Recently, the Palestinian government also announced that it will stop sending Palestinian citizens to Israel for medical treatment. Over the past few years, about 1,500 Palestinians are admitted each week into Israeli hospitals for medical treatment.