A Palestinian Authority (PA) official says the PA should shift its current function and become an anti-Israel “resistance authority.”
Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper quoted Mohammed Shtayyeh as saying on Wednesday that the PA “can’t continue in its present form. It should change its function to a resistance authority.”
Shtayyeh recently resigned from the PA negotiating team in protest at the lack of progress in the US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which resumed in July 2013. He currently serves as senior advisor to acting PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas.
The PA official further stated the Israeli-Palestinian talks “will end in failure” as Tel Aviv continues its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, stressing, “No deal is better than a weak one.”
According to Shtayyeh, the PA chief is planning to seek membership at the United Nations after the failure of the talks with Israel in an effort to prosecute the Israeli regime over war crimes.
The Israeli regime has turned a cold shoulder to international calls for a halt in its illegal settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian lands.
Tel Aviv’s settlement policy has also drawn angry reactions from European countries, including Britain, Italy, France and Spain, which summoned Israeli envoys to their countries in protest at the regime’s illegal settlement plans earlier this month.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967.
Abbas has stated that the Israeli regime has been using the talks as a “cover” to expand the settlements in the occupied West Bank.