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Palestinians have cut security ties with U.S. and Israel: Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas   | Photo Credit: AFP

At Arab Foreign Ministers’ meet, he rejects Trump peace plan

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the U.S. and Israel, including security relations after rejecting a West Asia peace plan presented this week by U.S. President Donald Trump, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday.

At a meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo, Mr. Abbas reiterated his “complete” rejection of Mr. Trump’s peace plan, which calls for creating a demilitarised Palestinian state with borders drawn to meet Israeli security needs.

“We’ve informed the Israeli side... that there will be no relations at all with them and the U.S. including security ties,” Mr. Abbas told the one-day extraordinary session to discuss Mr. Trump’s plan.

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 occupied West Bank that are under Palestinian control. The PA also has intelligence cooperation agreements with the CIA, which continued even after the Palestinians began boycotting the Trump administration’s peace efforts in 2017.

Mr. Abbas also said he had refused to discuss with Mr. Trump his plan by phone or to receive even a copy of it to study it.

The Trump plan, unveiled on Tuesday, also calls for U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements on occupied West Bank land and of Jerusalem as Israel’s indivisible capital.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes hit the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas on Saturday after cross-border mortar fire by Palestinian militants, the Israeli Army said.

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