Itongadol.- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposes cancelling security coordination with Israel, Palestinian sources said Sunday. According to the sources, Abbas is likely to delay a Palestinian leadership vote on the meeting.
A confidant of Abbas said that the Palestinians will maintain the security cooperation with Israel as long as it serves the Palestinians interests. "The issue deserves contemplation and should not be made lightly," he stressed.
Several senior Fatah officials have expressed support for stopping security cooperation with Israel in the aftermath of the death of Ziad Abu Ein, the Palestinian Authority minister who collapsed and died shortly after a protest in which he clashed with IDF forces in the West Bank last week.
Palestinian sources denied reports that Abbas had met with Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen at the presidential palace in Ramallah in recent days.