By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN
The Foreign Ministry has told its ambassadors to explain that the Palestinian Authority’s plan to ask for United Nations recognition is a violation of the Oslo Accords and may cause Israel to officially announce that it is “canceling them partially or completely.” The agreement commits the PA to negotiate with Israel for the establishment of an independent PA entity.
“You are asked immediately at the beginning of the work week to contact the foreign ministry, prime minister’s office, national security adviser or president’s office and request to do all possible to halt the Palestinian initiative because of its far-reaching consequences,” the ambassadors were instructed in a cable from Aharon Leshno-Yaar, director of the Foreign Ministry’s department for international organizations. Haaretz published the cable’s contents Wednesday morning.
“The Palestinian resolution is a clear violation of the fundamental principle of negotiations and is a violation of the agreements between Israel and the PLO,” the cable stated. “The adoption of the resolution will give Israel the right to re-evaluate previous agreements with the PLO and consider canceling them partially or completely, and would make progress in the peace process more difficult in the future.”
A position paper obtained by AFP states that if the UN General Assembly approves the Palestinian Authority’s request, “Toppling Abu Mazen’s (Abbas’) regime would be the only option. Any other option… would mean waving a white flag and admitting the failure of the Israeli leadership to deal with the challenge.”
Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, a senior Likud MK, said Wednesday morning that Israel should annex Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as a response to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s request to the United Nations General Assembly.
Indications of across-the-wall coalition unity in response to Abbas’ ploy strengthen Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s hand in advance of international criticism. He is bound to be challenged by the Obama administration and other Western nations not to duplicate Abbas’ latest de facto cancellation of agreements.
While the Palestinian Authority claims it is committed to halting the encouragement of violence and dismantling terrorist infrastructures, Abbas and other officials continue to honor suicide bombers. PA media and schools disseminate an ideology that all of Israel is Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and from the Lebanese to the Egyptian borders.