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Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the annual Islamic Beit al-Maqdes Conference in Ramallah, April 11, 2018.

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Central Council has voted to officially suspend recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the “State of Palestine” along the 1949 Armistice Lines, known to some as the “1967 borders” — the lines that were in place on June 4, 1967, the day before the Six Day War.

The announcement was carried by the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA Palestinian News Agency.

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In addition, the PLO Central Council also voted at the conclusion of its two-day meeting in Ramallah on Monday night to suspend security coordination and economic ties with the State of Israel, as set forth in the 1994 Paris Economic Protocol.

Although the decisions sound very ponderous and intimidating, it is important to remember that they are non-binding — as such decisions have been in the past — and will be sent to another committee, which will also require the approval of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for passage of any final decision.

In other words, although adoption of the above decisions would bring an end to the Oslo Accords — something Abbas has threatened for many, many years– regardless of what any PLO officials may really think or want, the final, ultimate decision still remains with him, and him alone.

And he has yet to follow through on that threat.

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