PA mulling ‘suspension’ of recognition of Israel: PLO

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) is considering the “suspension” of its recognition of Israel, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said Tuesday.
“There is no alternative for the Palestinians but to suspend their recognition of Israel,” Saeb Erekat, a member of the PLO’s influential Executive Committee, said in a statement.
The PA and the PLO — both of which recognize Israel — are both led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, which favors negotiations with the Jewish state.
Erekat’s assertions reportedly come in response to recent hints by U.S. President Donald Trump that he might take part in the inauguration of Washington’s new embassy in Jerusalem — an event slated for May.
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