Beilin calls on Abbas to dismantle PA

Former negotiator calls on Palestinian Authority president to call and end to Oslo accords.

PA President Abbas at Doha conference on J'lem 390 (R) (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous)
PA President Abbas at Doha conference on J'lem 390 (R)
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous)
Former minister, MK and peace negotiator Yossi Beilin on Wednesday called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to declare an end to the Oslo process and dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
“Dissolving the Palestinian Authority and returning daily control to Israel would be an action nobody could ignore,” Beilin wrote in an open letter to Abbas in Foreign Policy magazine.
“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.”
In the letter, Beilin accuses US President Barack Obama of pressuring Abbas to maintain the status quo in the peace process.
“You have been sorely tempted to declare the death of the ‘peace process’ – but the American president urged you to maintain the status quo. It is a mistake to agree to Obama’s request, and you can rectify this,” Beilin wrote.
Calling the current stalemate a “ticking time bomb” that endangers both Israel’s existence as a Jewish state and the creation of a Palestinian state, Beilin says that calling an end to the Oslo process “is the most reasonable, nonviolent option for putting the subject back on the world’s agenda, with the aim of renewing genuine efforts to reach a conclusive solution.”
Beilin also blamed extremists on both sides, Palestinian terrorism and the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin for blocking progress.
Between 1993 and 1995, Beilin and Abbas negotiated the “Beilin-Abu Mazen Agreement,” an unofficial framework for reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.