Palestinians in the West Bank have ceased all security cooperation with both the United States and Israel, while Palestinian security forces have reportedly withdrawn from most of the West Bank, paving the way for a new spike in violence.
The Palestinian Authority has stopped sharing intelligence with the CIA, a senior Palestinian official has confirmed.
“It has been 48 hours since the American Intelligence Service have been notified that the agreement with them is no longer in force,” Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, told reporters on Thursday.
“Security cooperation with the US no more. Security cooperation with israel no more.”
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’.
Although the PA started boycotting Trump-led mediation efforts in 2017, intelligence cooperation continued to fend off violence in the West Bank. The PA’s security services, the Preventive Security Organisation and the General Intelligence Service, have never disclosed the details of their cooperation with the CIA, but it is understood to have been particularly focused on Hamas.
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