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Erekat: 'Israel plots to separate Gaza from West Bank, East Jerusalem'

Oct. 30, 2018 3:01 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 10:58 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, said on Tuesday, that severing ties with Israel as called for by the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) will be done gradually.

Erekat said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is going to convene later in the afternoon a meeting of the Higher National Committee, which was set up to implement the decisions of the Central Council at the end of its 30th session held in Ramallah on Sunday and Monday.

He spoke to Voice of Palestine radio and said that "The Higher National Committee consists of members of the PLO Executive Committees and Fatah Central Committee as well as nationalist, security and government figures due to the seriousness of the situation and the need to act quickly to implement these decisions."

Erekat added that the 30th session of the PCC is the most important meeting in which crucial decisions were made regarding the United States and Israel and with regard to Palestinian reconciliation, pointing out the seriousness of implementing the decisions since the Executive Committee and Abbas are the implementing party.

Regarding the decisions on Israel and the implementation mechanism, Erekat pointed out that there are 69 issues in the Palestinian-Israeli relations, which resulted in eight signed agreements with Israel from 1993 until 1999, and the committee is the one charged with taking into account all these issues and points.

He stressed that "the Higher Committee will start implementing all these decisions gradually," and will begin implementing all these decisions "without exception and in all areas."

Regarding intra-Palestinian reconciliation and ending the division, Erekat said that there is a "Zionist-American plot based on separating Gaza from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in order to kill the Palestinian national project, which is the main point of the racist Israeli Nation-State law, as well as to kill the possibility of establishing an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders."

"The (Palestinian) leadership seeks to preserve the Gaza Strip as a part of the Palestinian national territory and as an integral part of the territory of the occupied Palestinian state. However, the methods used by Hamas indicate that it is going towards separation."

Erekat also called on the Hamas movement to implement the Cairo agreement signed last year to achieve reconciliation, stressing that the point and focus of US President Donald Trump now is to separate the West Bank from the Gaza Strip through implementing the "Deal of the Century."

Regarding the announcement by the new Brazilian president of his intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Erekat commented on the announcement by the Brazilian president, Michel Temer, of his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said "We will make every effort to prevent this from happening in cooperation with the Arab brothers and friends in Latin America and the Caribbean."

He called on the Arab countries to implement the decision taken by the Arab Summit in 1980 to sever relations with any country that moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, adding that it is time for a decisive Arab position on the issue.

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