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Palestinian factions oppose US calls on PA to participate in international conference in Warsaw

Headline: “The [Palestinian National and Islamic] Forces in Ramallah and El-Bireh: Whoever is present at the Warsaw Conference is outside of the national consensus”
     “The [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district condemned Washington’s calls to hold the Warsaw Conference (see note below –Ed.) in order to present parts of what is called ‘the deal of the century’ (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.). They again expressed their opposition to any mediation, effort, or idea of the US due to its full partnership with the occupation… In a statement, the forces yesterday [Feb. 9, 2019] warned against the attempts to bypass the Palestinian people’s legal bodies. They said that anyone who is present at this conference is outside of the national consensus and only represents himself.”
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Warsaw Conference – the US is sponsoring a conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14, 2019, to discuss peace and security in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be attending the conference. The PA was invited to attend but has refused the invitation and requests that Arabs boycott the conference.

Palestinian National and Islamic Forces - an unaffiliated coordinating body comprised of representatives from factions in the PLO and outside the PLO. The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces were established in 2000 shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), under the authorization of Yasser Arafat and the leadership of terrorist Marwan Barghouti. During the PA terror campaign it played an active role in coordinating political efforts and terror attacks against Israel, but since the end of the campaign it has been less significant and its activity is primarily centered in Gaza.

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