Azzam al-Ahmad, Member of the PLO Executive Committee and the Central Committee of the ruling Fatah Movement, said last night that President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the formation of a special committee tasked with following up the Palestinian response to the impending Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
He told the official Voice of Palestine radio that the committee will be formed from the PLO Central Committee and the Fatah Executive Committee, and that it will submit its recommendations on the subject to the PLO Executive Committee for approval.
He said the committee will convene the beginning of this week to look into the steps to be taken by the Palestinian leadership, as the Israeli government is expected to submit its annexation plan to the Knesset on Wednesday. He stressed that on the first day following such annexation all agreements with Israel will be null and void.
Al-Ahmad added that next Thursday might witness the beginning of a new stage, calling for all national efforts to unite in the face of the Israeli decision to prevent it from coming true.
He said, “The meeting of the PLO Executive Committee on Thursday evening confirms that all agreements with the occupation and the United States administration will be null and void if the Israeli annexation decision is implemented.”
He made it clear that “the US bears responsibility for Netanyahu’s actions and decisions that are expected to be implemented with American incitement and with disregard to all the resolutions of the international legitimacy.”
The top PLO official warned that an Israeli annexation decision will deal a hard blow to any possibility for successful negotiations leading to the creation of an independent Palestinian state.