PLO body decides to end security cooperation with Israel

A partial view of the Israeli settlement of Qadumim (bottom) and the Palestinian village of Jit (above R), in the Israeli-occupied West Bank near Nablus, on February 9, 2015The Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s central council decided Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel, in a potentially explosive move after the Jewish state cut off a key source of funds. The PLO council decided “to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the occupying power” which it urged to “take over full responsibility for the Palestinian people in the occupied State of Palestine, the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza”. Launched under the 1993 Oslo autonomy accords which founded the Palestinian Authority (PA), the coordination involves the sharing of intelligence and is considered crucial for Israel to keep tabs on Islamist movement Hamas and its West Bank members.

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