Pales­tini­ans sets terms for se­cu­rity co-op­er­a­tion

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BETH­LE­HEM: Pales­tinian of­fi­cials have said the Pales­tinian Author­ity (PA) would not con­sider re­sum­ing its con­tro­ver­sial se­cu­rity co-or­di­na­tion with Is­rael un­less the lat­ter ac­ceded to a num­ber of de­mands.

The PA’s se­cu­rity co-or­di­na­tion with Is­rael has been de­nounced as a “re­volv­ing door” pol­icy fun­nelling Pales­tinian ac­tivists from PA jails to Is­raeli pris­ons, and is seen as a pri­mary rea­son for the grow­ing un­pop­u­lar­ity of Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

In the wake of a deadly shoot-out at the al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound on July 14 that led to in­creased Is­raeli se­cu­rity mea­sures at the holy site, the PA an­nounced it had sus­pended con­tact with Is­rael.

De­spite Is­rael re­mov­ing the se­cu­rity mea­sures, the PA said late last month it was main­tain­ing the co-or­di­na­tion freeze.

Mah­moud al-Hab­bash, Ab­bas’s ad­viser on re­li­gious and Is­lamic af­fairs, said on Mon­day the PA did not op­pose re­sum­ing se­cu­rity co-or­di­na­tion but Is­rael had to cease mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity in the West Bank un­der PA con­trol and grant the PA the right to con­trol bor­der cross­ings.– Ma’an

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