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07JERUSALEM1201
2007-06-14 14:38:00
SECRET
Consulate Jerusalem
Cable title:  

JOINT PLO-EC AND FCC MEETING OFFERS BOLD POLITICAL

Tags:   KPAL  KWBG  PGOV  PREL  PTER  IS 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2017
TAGS: KPAL KWBG PGOV PREL PTER IS
SUBJECT: JOINT PLO-EC AND FCC MEETING OFFERS BOLD POLITICAL
OPTIONS FOR RESPONDING TO HAMAS

REF: JERUSALEM 01189

Classified By: Consul General Jake Walles, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (S) SUMMARY: A joint PLO-EC/FCC meeting on June 14
recommended to PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) that he
break the political partnership with HAMAS and dismiss the
current government. Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire
between HAMAS and Fatah delegations in Gaza continue. Abu
Mazen is waiting to see if these efforts can succeed before
making an announcement to implement the recommendations of
the PLO-EC/FCC. END SUMMARY.

PLO-EC/FCC Meeting


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2. (S) A June 14 combined meeting of the PLO Executive
Committee (PLO-EC) and the Fatah Central Committee (FCC),
recommended that President Mahmud Abbas take the following
steps:
-- dismiss the national unity government (NUG) based on the
powers vested in the President by the Basic Law;
-- declare a state of emergency;
-- call for an immediate meeting of the PLO Central Council;
-- define the HAMAS military wing and the Executive Force as
illegal;
-- return the selection of leadership to the people through
elections; and
-- demand international protection forces.

Sources in the President's Office say they expect Abbas to
make an announcement and issue an official decree late on
June 14. (Note: The PLO Central Council is a 130 member body
elected by the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and
authorized to make decisions when the PNC is not in session.
End Note.)



3. (S) The PLO-EC meeting came following a June 13 FCC
meeting at which FCC members urged Abbas to dismiss the NUG
and declare a state of emergency. Senior Fatah officials say
they believe drastic steps are needed given HAMAS's refusal
to make concessions to obtain a cease-fire. Abbas briefed
the FCC regarding HAMAS's conditions for a cease-fire, adding
that he had agreed to discuss those demands with HAMAS only
after implementation of a ceasefire.

Cease-Fire Efforts Continue


--------------------------





4. (S) Prior to the PLO-EC/FCC meeting, MG Burhan Hamad
(EGIS) met June 13 with senior HAMAS officials including
Khalil al-Haya and Ayman Taha. After the meeting, Hamad gave
Abu Mazen HAMAS's eight conditions for a cease-fire. They
include:
-- preserving and strengthening the NUG;
-- conducting negotiations through Abbas' representative,
vice those of NSA Muhammad Dahlan;
-- ensuring one authority and one gun by replacing some
security chiefs including Rashid Abu Shabak;
-- implementing the Ministry of Interior (MOI) security plan;
-- respecting the Cairo understanding of 2005 and
implementing the Mecca agreement, to include reform of the
PLO; and
-- prosecuting Fatah and HAMAS members who killed others
during the latest round of violence.



5. (S) Abbas rejected the conditions for a cease-fire in a
phone call with PM Ismail Haniya later on June 13, but
indicated that he will accept the conditions as a basis for
negotiation after/after a cease-fire is in place. According
to Abbas' advisors, the President and Haniya agreed to work
together toward a cease-fire. According to Presidential
Guard contacts, plans for Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks
between Fatah and Hamas delegations in Gaza were disrupted by
an attack on the Egyptian delegation carried out by Force 17
members who said Abu Mazen had "abandoned" them.

Next Steps and Comment


--------------------------





6. (S) The Egyptian brokered talks in Gaza are scheduled for
later June 14. According to PLO Chief Negotiator Sa'eb
Erekat, Abu Mazen wants to give these talks time to succeed
and has delayed an announcement of plans to implement the
PLO-EC/FCC recommendations until the evening of June 14.




7. (S) Comment: Implementing the PLO-EC/FCC recommendations
will not reverse the situation in the Gaza Strip, but it
might strengthen Abu Mazen in the West Bank, if he is seen to
be decisive. He has been heavily criticized by Fatah cadres

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for being indecisive, and a strong step might rally support
around him. Ending the political partnership between Fatah
and HAMAS likely will not force any HAMAS concessions, and
will widen the gap between a Fatah-dominated West Bank and a
HAMAS-dominated Gaza Strip. End Comment.
WALLES