Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian official and close adviser to PA head Mahmoud Abbas, says that the Palestinians will not continue to provide civil services in the West Bank if the Zionist occupation moves ahead with annexation plans.
“Either they backtrack on annexation and things go back to how they were, or they follow through with annexation and they go back to being the occupying power in the whole West Bank,” he al-Sheikh told The New York Times.
“I will not accept that my role is a service provider,” he adds. “I’m not a municipality or a charity.”
Al-Sheikh also tells the paper that the PA will no longer turn over Israelis caught in the West Bank and accused of crimes.
“Every day, I’ll be retreating from my responsibilities,” al-Sheikh says.
“I am telling the Israelis, if this situation continues, you will have to take full responsibility as an occupying power. It could go back to like it was before Oslo.”
Source: Israeli media