Abbas announces withdrawal from all peace agreements with Israel and the US

BREAKING: Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is serving the 16th year of his 4-year term, says the PA sees itself free of all the agreements and understandings with Israel and the US, including on security matters, as a response to Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty over Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

As part of a coalition agreement, PM Netanyahu and Benny Gantz agreed that the government can begin moving forward with applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley after July 1, a move expected to enjoy backing from a majority of lawmakers in the Knesset.

According to President Trump’s Mideast peace plan unveiled in January, the US will recognize an Israeli application of sovereignty over parts of the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria following the completion of a survey conducted by a joint US-Israel mapping committee, and if Israel agrees to negotiate under the framework of the proposal.