Palestinian Authority cuts ties with Israel and the US

The Palestinian Authority has rejected President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East and has cut all ties with the US and Israel.

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel.

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel. Source: Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented by US President Donald Trump.

The blueprint, endorsed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for the creation of a demilitarised Palestinian state that excludes Jewish settlements built in the West Bank and Gaza and is under near-total Israeli security control.

"We've informed the Israeli side ... that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States including security ties," President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday told the one-day emergency meeting, called to discuss Trump's plan.

Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine.
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Israeli officials had no immediate comment on his remarks.

Israel and the Palestinian Authority's security forces have long cooperated in policing areas of the West Bank. The PA also has intelligence cooperation agreements with the CIA, which continued even after the Palestinian administration began boycotting the White House peace efforts in 2017.

President Abbas also said he had refused to discuss the plan with the US leader by phone, or to receive even a copy of it to study.

"Trump asked that I speak to him by phone but I said 'no', and that he wants to send me a letter ... but I refused it," he said.

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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President Abbas said he did not want President Trump to be able to say that he, Abbas, had been consulted.

He reiterated his "complete" rejection of the Trump plan, presented on Tuesday. "I will not have it recorded in my history that I sold Jerusalem," he said.


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Published 2 February 2020 at 8:38am, updated 2 February 2020 at 12:17pm