PLO dismisses call to dismantle PA (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 04/08/12)
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The PLO on Saturday dismissed a call by former minister, MK and peace
negotiator Yossi Beilin to dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
Beilin, in an article published in Foreign Policy magazine, called on
PA President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the PA and “return daily
control to Israel.”
Addressing Abbas, Beilin wrote: “Do not let Prime Minister [Binyamin]
Netanyahu hide behind the fig leaf of the Palestinian Authority –
impose upon him, once again, the responsibility for the fate of 4
The PA was established in 1994 as part of the Oslo Accords as an
interim body to oversee the Palestinian territories while final
status negotiations between the PLO and Israel would take place.
Beilin also accused US President Barack Obama of pressuring Abbas to
maintain the status quo in the peace process.
“It is a mistake to agree to Obama’s request, and you [Abbas] can
rectify this,” he wrote.
Hana Amireh, member of the PLO Executive Committee, dismissed
Beilin’s call, saying it would be tantamount to “political suicide.”
Amireh said the PA had a transitional role to bring the Palestinians
to an independent state and achieve their rights.
A PA official in Ramallah said over the weekend that dissolving the
PA was not not an option.
The official denied that Abbas had any plans to dismantle the PA
because of the stalemate in the peace process.
Abbas is planning to send a letter to Netanyahu in the coming days
that does not include such a threat, the official told The Jerusalem
The letter, he added, would hold Israel fully responsible for the
current stalemate because of its refusal to stop construction in the
settlements and east Jerusalem neighborhoods and accept the pre-1967
lines as the future borders of a Palestinian state.
Abbas’s letter, which will be delivered to Netanyahu by PA Prime
Minister Salam Fayyad, will also demand the release of Palestinians
who were imprisoned before the signing of the Oslo Accords nearly two
decades ago, the official noted. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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