The Palestinian Authority has left many questions unanswered regarding the fate of the president, government, ministries, employees, salaries, security guards and their arms in case Israel annexed parts of the West Bank in July.
This step eliminates the authority and brings back Israel as an occupation force, according to Palestinian officials.
Israeli channel Kan reported that the Palestinians informed Israel – through mediators – that in case of annexation, the Authority’s weapons will be transferred to Beit El settlement and handed over to Israel.
A similar message was conveyed to the US through its Central Intelligence Agency delegation that secretly visited Ramallah last week.
The delegation met Palestinian officials in a bid to convince them to open a dialogue with the White House about US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, but these efforts were unsuccessful.
Kan added that the Palestinians affirmed that in case annexation took place, then the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) could declare the disbandment of the PA. Moreover, there won’t be a party in charge of paying employee salaries.
Palestinian officials describe such a move as a “judgment day weapon.”
“We’ll bring the weapons and ammunition in trucks to the headquarters at Beit El if there’s annexation. We’ve already prepared lists of all the arms. Israel will be responsible for security in the West Bank,” the Palestinian officials were quoted as saying.
The threat is being taken seriously, according to the Israeli report.
A newly released report revealed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to receive a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who wanted to discuss developments linked to the Israeli annexation plans.
A security source told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that they were warned to be cautious during their personal movements and to abstain from holding guns, especially at Israeli checkpoints.
“To annex one centimeter or 100% of the West Bank is the same. If annexation takes place, in any form or shape or size, it’s over,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said.
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