Will Abbas Nullify the Oslo Accords?

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas is planning to nullify the 1993 Oslo Accords, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported Sunday.

The report cited senior PA official said Ahmed Majdalani, who was quoted as having told PA-based media that the decision will be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the Palestine National Council (PNC) in Ramallah, and Abbas will officially announce it at the UN General Assembly later this month.

According to Majdalani, Abbas will say at the UN that since Israel did not comply with the Oslo Accords and did not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, the PA is no longer committed to the agreements.

The Oslo Accords created the PA, which was tasked with governing over parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. As part of the accords, Israel also acknowledged that the PLO is its partner in permanent status negotiations about remaining issues.

Sunday’s announcement by Majdalani comes on the heels of Abbas’s resignation as head of the PLO’s executive body, and amid continuing reports that he plans to resign as PA chairman as well.

Experts have stated that Abbas’s goal in his resignation from the PLO is to reshape the body and appoint his associates to key posts.

Abbas’s opponents claim that he is trying to produce an executive committee composed entirely of people under his command, so that even if he leaves his position as PA chairman, he will continue to remotely control what is happening on the Palestinian street.

Some observers see chief PA negotiator and Abbas ally Saeb Erekat as a potential successor to the veteran leader, but Erekat dismissed that notion on Sunday, saying he has no interest in taking over for Abbas.

According to Walla!, Abbas has grown frustrated with the diplomatic stalemate with Israel, with the fact that the international community is not pressuring Israel to resume talks on a Palestinian state and with his inability to control Gaza.

The international community, however, has indeed been pressuring the sides to resume talks. France recently sought to bring the sides back to the negotiating table, saying it was working on a possible resolution at the UN that would set negotiating parameters and establish a time period, possibly 18 months, to complete talks.

But while international pressure has been mounting on Israel to resume talks, it has been Abbas who has continuously imposed preconditions on peace talks. He recently did so again, demanding that Israel stop construction in Judea and Samaria, release terrorist prisoners and hold talks for a period of no more than a year.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200384

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