News Analysis: Political ties between Palestine, Israel hard to be disengaged despite Palestinian abolition of bilateral agreements



The political ties between Israel and Palestine are difficult to be disengaged although the Palestinians announced the abolition of all the agreements reached with Israel in response to Israeli annexation plan, said Palestinian political analysts.

Nabil Amro, a former Palestinian diplomat, said that “the absence of a political track to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has turned the relationship between the two sides to be so hard to get disengaged.”

“The transitional Oslo Accords had established a de facto status during the past 25 years, which included administrative and economic ties and daily life coordination that it is hard to skip nowadays,” said Amro.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced two weeks ago that the state of Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Organization are not bound to all the bilateral agreements that had been reached with the governments of Israel and the United States.

A few days later, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye announced that the Palestinian side began to implement the leadership’s decision on the ground and has stopped coordination with Israel on all levels, including security cooperation.

The Palestinian decision was made in response to an Israeli government plan of annexing the Jordan Valley and imposing Israeli sovereignty on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which is expected to come into effect on July.

However, some local Palestinian political analysts told Xinhua in separate remarks that the practical implementation of the Palestinian decision of ending all the agreements with Israel is very complicated in regards to the nature of entanglement in the ties between the two sides over the past two decades.

Hani al-Masri, director of Masarat Center for Researches and Studies in Ramallah, said that “the intertwining relationship between Israel and Palestine is very big and large, and both sides’ interests are linked. Therefore, it will be so hard to overcome the existing agreements.”

“Implementing the decision of ending all the agreements with Israel is a hard disengagement and needs a long process that must start with gradual steps until reaching the level of the abolition of all agreements and understandings,” said al-Masri.

He suggested that the Palestinian side can put a multi-stage plan to make a gradual disengagement from all agreements and understandings reached with Israel.

“Then, the Palestinians can reach a stage of changing facts on the ground and reach the goal of ending the Israeli occupation,” al-Masri added.

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians had stopped in 2014, nine months after it had been sponsored by the United States without achieving any breakthrough to resolve the conflict which has been going on for so many decades.

United States President Donald Trump‘s controversial peace plan, known as the Deal of the Century, made it more complicated for both sides to resume their peace talks after the Palestinians slammed the United States plan and rejected it.

While Israel insists on annexing around 30 percent of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and several Israeli settlements, the Palestinians said that this plan means that Israel on purpose is undermining the vision of the two-state solution.


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