Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced on Saturday they would not take part in a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah on Sunday, Under current circumstances.
“The conditions under which the Central Bank will be held will not enable it to carry out a comprehensive and responsible political review and will prevent decisions that meet the level of our people’s aspirations and the merits of the stage,” said a member of Hamas’s political bureau Hossam Badran.
“The movement has taken a decision not to participate in the meeting of the Central Council in Ramallah.”
A member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine, Mohammad Hindi, refused to participate in the meeting.
“The decisions that will come out of the meeting will not exceed the political ceiling of the (Palestinian) Authority which still sees in the negotiations and the Oslo agreement … as a neighbor and from practices on the ground, such as security coordination as a road,” al-Hindi told al-Quds radio.
“The positive statements that we heard from the Authority during the last few days after the recent decision of (US President Donald) Trump (about Jerusalem) were not translated into reality, as if they were worthless air strikes.”
“It was supposed to be based on these statements decisions such as the cessation of negotiations and stop the security coordination and withdrawal of recognition (Israel) and the completion of national reconciliation, but we were surprised by the announcement of the central meeting in Ramallah.”
“For these reasons and for other reasons, we decided not to participate,” he said.
The Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is to meet in Ramallah on Sunday to discuss the appropriate responses to the controversial decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Among the options to be discussed at the two-day meeting was a possible suspension of the PLO’s recognition of the Jewish state from 1988, senior officials said.
The Central Council will meet for two days in Ramallah in the presence of 121 members, at a time when US-Palestinian relations have been strained since Trump’s decision. Whatever the decision, the final decision will be returned to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Central Council decided in 2015 to end security cooperation with Israel, but the resolution remained a dead letter.
Trump’s decision on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked a series of protests and confrontations on the ground in the Palestinian territories that killed 16 Palestinians.