Palestinians sets terms for security co-operation
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