Abbas is finally pushed to vote in PLO council for withdrawal of recognition of Israel

Withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s recognition of Israel is likely to spark some international backlash,  although most observers would consider this unsurprising. A previous vote by the same PLO Council in 2015 to suspend security coordination with Israel was never implemented, although this is now also reaffirmed in the Monday vote.

The significance of the vote is that the normally infuriatingly cautious Mahmoud Abbas voted in favour of both motions. He called Trump’s peace plan the “slap of the century.” Let us see what actions follow, at least the suspension of security coordination is guaranteed once the US defunds the Palestinian Authority as Trump has promised to do.