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Palestinian Authority demonstrators protest against US President Donald Trump's Middle East Peace Plan in Hebron on Jan. 30, 2020

The mayor of the Palestinian Authority town of Anabta next to Tulkarem, Hamdallah Hamdallah, was forced to resign Saturday after he attended a conference in Tel Aviv supporting the “two-state solution” with former senior PA officials.

Reports in Hebrew-language Israel media that revealed the identity of some of the participants in the conference – a leftwing event – caused political havoc in the Palestinian Authority and led to the forced resignation of the mayor, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 12 television news.

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Other members of the delegation with whom Hamdallah attended the event defended themselves on social media, claiming they participated in the conference with the approval of the Ramallah government, and the Israeli participants were, like them, opposed to the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.

According to Channel 12, the public debate continues in the Palestinian Authority over the participation of the delegation.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.