Palestine shuns Central Intelligence Agency after cutting off security agreements with U.S.

A top manager at the Central Intelligence Agency who had been removed from his position for abusive behavior has been relocated to a senior position in the drone strike program the Associated Press reports

Palestinian officials are yet to comment on whether the move was related to recent remarks by President Mahmoud Abbas on Palestine's withdrawal from past agreements with the USA and Israel as Tela Aviv is expected to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.

Stung by the surprise public flight of an Arab airline plane landing publicly in Israel, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at the United Arab Emirates and accused them of betrayal.

"In light of the president's instructions about ceasing security coordination, the Israeli side was notified" of the partial withdrawal.

The Middle East Eye reported that the PA Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said of the UAE's aid, "There has been no coordination with the PA, so we can not receive such aid".

He said Palestine held the USA administration responsible for the occupation of the Palestinian people and considered it a key partner in Israel's actions and decisions against the rights of the Palestinians.

Washington had been told of the move, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said after Abbas' declare. Abbas may be trying to leverage that, but doing so publicly may only serve to strengthen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resolve, Ross said.

On cooperation with the CIA, Erekat told reporters in a video call: "It stopped as of the end of the [Palestinian] president's speech".

Although the PA started boycotting Trump-led mediation efforts in 2017, intelligence cooperation continued to fend off violence in the West Bank.

Under the coalition agreement from July the government can discuss annexing parts of the West Bank.

The announcement came two days after the Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, declared an end to security cooperation with both nations, citing the imminent threat of West Bank "annexation".

Speaking after the emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, the 85-year-old leader said Israeli annexation of any parts of the occupied West Bank would ruin chances for a two-state solution.

Officials from the U.S., Russia, EU and United Nations will hold a video-conference today to discuss the possibility of an worldwide meeting to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Western diplomats tell me.

On Friday Palestinian security forces withdrew from areas near East Jerusalem after the Palestinian Authority ended its security coordination with Israel, according to multiple reports.

Jordan threatened on Thursday to review its relationship with Israel if the plans to annex parts of the West Bank went ahead.

Earlier this week, an Emirati flight carrying medical aid for Palestinians landed in an Israeli airport.

What's next: The Israel Defense Forces and Israel's political opposition are less enthusiastic about the annexation plan.



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