Middle East

PLO calls for disengagement from Israel

File image of Palestine flag Source: AAP

The Palestine Liberation Organization has ordered plans to be drawn up to disengage from Israel at political, economical, administrative and security levels.

Palestine Liberation Organization leaders have ordered the Palestinian government to immediately draw up plans to disengage with Israel on all levels.

The decision was made at a meeting of the PLO's executive committee held in Ramallah and chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

It comes weeks after the PLO's central council, the body's second-highest decision-making body, called on the committee to suspend its recognition of Israel.

While Saturday's statement did not go so far, it ordered plans to be drawn up to disengage from Israel at political, economical, administrative and security levels.

Calls for Palestinian disengagement began after the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, which prompted Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to announce that the US could no longer act as a credible mediator in peace negotiations with Israel.

The Palestinian Authority committed to security co-ordination with Israel in the Oslo accords of 1993. It is also linked to Israel economically as stipulated in the 1994 Paris economic protocol signed between the PLO and Israel.

The PLO also said that it will go the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly as well as the International Criminal Court in The Hague to demand action against Israel's settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian Territories and its 50-year long occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Abbas is expected to address the Security Council on February 20 when it meets for a special session on the conflict.

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