President Mahmoud Abbas presided last night over a meeting at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah of the Crisis Committee, whose members include representatives of the Executive Committees of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Fatah Central Committee, and the government.
The meeting discussed the current political conditions in light of the decisions taken by the Palestinian leadership on May 19 in response to American and Israeli plans to annex more than 33% of the area of the occupied West Bank lands, and which absolved Palestine from all agreements and understandings with the Israeli government and the American administration.
The Crisis Committee reviewed the illegal Israeli settlement activities, especially in the Jordan Valley, and the establishment of new settlement outposts in the areas that are planned to be annex in an attempt to buy time and stall to deceive the international community in light of the firm position taken by the Palestinian leadership in rejecting the annexation plan and the American so-called deal of the century that aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
The meeting touched on the on-going repressive measures by the Israeli occupation authorities, the demolition of homes, the torching of olive trees, and the non-stop detention of Palestinian citizens, especially in Jerusalem.
The Committee expressed its satisfaction with the unity of the Palestinian position and its support for the decisions of the Palestinian leadership, and the escalation of the peaceful popular resistance against the settlers and the Zionist terrorist gangs.
The Committee stressed in its meeting that there is no solution to the current crisis other than canceling of the US administration and the Israeli government of the annexation plans, stressing that the peace process will then be held under the auspices of the United Nations through holding an international conference on the basis of United Nations terms of reference and resolutions to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied since June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a solution of the refugee issue based on Resolution 194 and the Arab Peace Initiative.