The Palestinian Authority has stopped sharing intelligence with the CIA, a senior Palestinian official has confirmed.
“It has been 48 hours since the American Intelligence Service have been notified that the agreement with them is no longer in force,” Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the PLO, told reporters on Thursday.
“Security cooperation with the US no more. Security cooperation with Israel no more.”
The announcement came two days after the Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, declared an end to security cooperation with both nations, citing the imminent threat of West Bank annexation.
“As far as the direct co-operation between the American intelligence agencies and the Palestinian intelligence agencies, I think it stopped as of the end of the president’s speech,” Erekat said.
Although the PA started boycotting Trump-led mediation efforts in 2017, intelligence cooperation continued to fend off violence in the West Bank. The PA’s security services, the Preventive Security Organisation and the General Intelligence Service, have never disclosed the details of their cooperation with the CIA, but it is understood to have been particularly focused on Hamas.
Meanwhile, Haaretz and Reuters reported that Palestinian security forces began pulling back on Thursday from the West Bank’s Areas B and C to Area A. Under the 1990s’ Oslo accords, Area A is administered exclusively by the Palestinian Authority, Area B is under joint Israeli-Palestinian military and Palestinian civil control, and Area C is fully administered by Israel.
As part of a coalition deal with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can bring up an annexation proposal to the new government as early as 1 July.