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.”
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 million Palestinians.”
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.
a mistake to agree to Obama’s request, and you [Abbas] can rectify this,” he
Hana Amireh, member of the PLO Executive Committee, dismissed
Beilin’s call, saying it would be tantamount to “political
Amireh said the PA had a transitional role to bring the
Palestinians to an independent state and achieve their rights.
official in Ramallah said over the weekend that dissolving the PA was not not an
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 Post
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.
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.