The Palestinians can’t accept any proposals or plans like the ones that are
being suggested today; that solidify occupation and legalize the division of the
Palestinian territories, the PLO Executive Committee announced
The announcement, which was issued to mark the 26th anniversary
of the first intifada that began in 1987, was referring to recent security
arrangements between Israel and the Palestinians, as proposed by US Secretary of
State John Kerry.
The PLO warned that there could be no deal with Israel
that excludes the Jordan Valley, and Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian
The PLO also expressed opposition to the presence of any
settlement blocs in the West Bank in the context of a future deal with Israel.
“We can’t accept that the airspace, borders and border crossings remain under
the control of the occupiers,” the PLO said.
Meanwhile, the ruling Fatah
faction – the PLO’s largest group – vowed to pursue “popular resistance” against
Israel until Palestinians fulfill their rights.
Saying that it had
created the term intifada, Fatah referred to the first uprising as the “stone
“Fatah has consolidated the popular uprising as a program for
struggling against occupation and settlements,” the faction said in a statement.
“Popular resistance is a natural extension to the struggle of our
It said that while it would pursue the path of “popular
resistance,” Fatah would continue to work politically in the international arena
to achieve the goals of the Palestinians.