Mar 18, 2023 17:22 UTC
  •  Palestinian Authority urged not to attend security meeting with Israel in Egypt

Palestinian political factions have called upon the Palestinian Authority (PA) not to dispatch any delegates to a forthcoming security meeting with Israel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, which is scheduled to take place this weekend.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Palestinian People's Party and the Palestinian Democratic Union in a joint statement urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stop participation of Palestinian representatives in the event.

They also asked Egypt and Jordan to cancel the upcoming security meeting, and not to take the path which would pose fairly dangerous threats to Palestinians and their legitimate demands.

The Palestinian groups underscored they would not commit themselves to the final resolution of the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting, especially as they had earlier requested an emergency meeting to review the outcome of the Aqaba conference held in Jordan on February 26.

The groups further highlighted that such meetings are of a security nature, and do not serve the main political interest of Palestinian people, which is an end to the Israeli occupation.

“Instead of helping to promote solidarity within the Palestinian society and provide mechanisms to counter the aggression of neo-Nazis, these events assist occupiers and escalate existing threats. They further exacerbate divisions and deepen weaknesses,” the statement also read.

It added, “In defiance of the flagrant violations of the neo-Nazi cabinet [led by Benjamin Netanyahu] and repeated calls for the boycott of the occupying Tel Aviv regime in the international arenas, Israeli and US officials call on Palestinians to participate in security meetings, and seek to draw Arabs’ support.”

“While the main objective of Aqaba and Sharm el-Sheikh meetings has been described as defusing tensions in the volatile Palestinian territories, the ideal will materialize only through an immediate cessation of Israel’s aggressive policies against Palestinians as well as the international community’s unrelenting pressure on Israel,” the Palestinian resistance groups said.