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Peace process slides into abyss as Israel, PNA take unilateral steps

English.news.cn   2014-04-10 03:03:55

RAMALLAH/GAZA, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Severing ties and coordination between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) will deepen differences between the two sides and may lead to a complete collapse of the Middle East peace process, officials warned on Wednesday.

Ahmed Majdalani, the PNA minister of work and the member in Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee told Xinhua that the Israeli measures either severing ties with the PNA or imposing sanctions "would lead to a collapse of the entire peace process."

Majdalani, said that Netanyahu's decision "expresses confusion and disorientation" that his government suffers from, "and that was the reason for bringing the peace process to a stalemate."

Another official said on Wednesday on condition of anonymity that the Palestinian leadership studies severing security cooperation and halting peace talks with Israel in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to severe cooperation with the PNA.

The official told Xinhua that the Palestinian side contacted the United States peace envoy to the Middle East Marten Indyk and informed him that the Israeli decision hardens the situation in the future.

The official also said that the Palestinian leadership urged the U.S. to intervene and stop any Israeli unilateral measures which may blow up the entire peace process in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the PNA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said in a press statement that Netanyahu's decision to sever coordination between his government and the Palestinian government "is a clear Israeli blackmail to the Palestinians."

Also in response, the Palestinians threatened that they would join the international agencies, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed last week on joining 15 international UN treaties as the Palestinian representation in the UN was upgraded in 2012 to a non-member observer state.

The Palestinian and Israeli direct peace talks have been passing through a severe crisis since it had started last July. Officials on both sides had repeatedly stated that the talks did not achieve any progress.

The PNA is also very much concerned that Israel would stop paying the tax revenues dues to its budget, which represents large part of the Palestinian budget in covering its running costs and paying salaries to its employees.

Meanwhile, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza said in a press statement that Israel's threats to impose sanctions on the Palestinians "show how dangerous the direct peace talks are."

He called on the PNA to carry out an immediate response to the Israeli decisions and threats by severing the security coordination and all kinds of ties and also stop the talks.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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