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Abbas reportedly threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority

(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dismantle the PA, a move that would potentially dissolve the 1993 Oslo Accords and leave Israel – according to international law – vulnerable to legal action over its construction activities in Judea and Samaria.

In an interview with Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Abbas said, “A new generation arrives and asks us: ‘What have you done?’ I am now 79 years old, I cannot escape from passing off the [PA] flag to someone else.”

Abbas blamed Israeli construction for the stalemate in the current peace talks, saying, “The new generation sees the two-state solution is becoming less and less likely, and that there is no escape from the one-state solution.”

Palestinian sources were quoted by media outlets over the weekend as saying the PA was “seriously considering” declaring itself a “government under occupation,” according to Israel Hayom.

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