Palestinian authority to withdraw its recognition of Israel

President Mahmoud Abbas asked to “immediately start preparing plans” for disengagement

The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s top leadership opened the way to suspending its recognition of Israel Saturday, but stopped short of ordering the drastic measure immediately. Withdrawing the PLO’s 1988 recognition would threaten decades of Israeli relations with the moderate Palestinian leadership and raise doubts over security co-ordination between the two. It would also be seen as a fatal blow to the two-state solution, already on life support following the White House’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. The PLO’s Executive Committee released a statement after a three-hour meeting Saturday saying it would set up a committee to study the move.
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