Abbas Says He Will No Longer Recognize Any Agreements with Israel

July 25, 2019
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced on July 25 that the PA will not be following any agreements with Israel from here on out.

Abbas said that the decision is in response to the Israeli government’s recent demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, which Abbas said were “a violation of international legitimacy and agreements signed between us and them, an issue that can only be identified as ethnic cleansing and a crime against humanity.” He added that the PA will establish a committee to ensure that all agreements with Israel are no longer enforced.

Abbas also offered a fig leaf to Hamas, offering to end the ongoing dispute between the Gaza terror group and Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank.

“My hand is still extended [to Hamas] for reconciliation,” Abbas said. “I want the reconciliation.”

Israeli writer Shoshana Keats Jaskoll explained in a couple of July 22 tweets that the homes that were being demolished because they were too close to the Israeli security barrier.

Jewish Virtual Library has a list of agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and the instances in which the Palestinians have violated them here.

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