Palestinian leader Abbas says he is no longer bound by pacts with Israel

Published: Wednesday 30th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that he is no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel.

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, he said that as Israel’s refusal to commit to the agreements signed “render us an authority without real powers”.

Mr Abbas added: “We cannot continue to be bound by these agreements.”

It was Mr Abbas’s most serious warning yet to Israel that he might walk away from engagement with Israel and dissolve the Palestinian Authority.

He stopped short of accompanying his threat with a deadline.

He had threatened to drop a “bombshell” in the speech – prompting speculation he would sever ties with Israel over its settlement expansion and other hardline policies.

Published: Wednesday 30th September 2015 by The News Editor

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