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Senior Fatah official: 'PA will never be disbanded'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub dismissed calls by colleagues that the Palestinian Authority might be disbanded in response to Israel withholding Palestinian tax revenue.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (L) sits beside senior Fatah leader Jibril Rajoub during the wake for Ata Abbas, the older brother of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ,at al-Yarmouk camp near Damascus January 4, 2011. Atta Abbas, approximately 80 years old, died on Sunday of natural causes, according to a Hamas official. REUTERS/Hamas/Handout   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY)  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS D

AL-RAM, West Bank — Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub ruled out any Palestinian threats to dismantle the Palestinian Authority (PA). In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor from his office in Al-Ram, Rajoub said, “The PA will never be disbanded. The PA was and will remain a national achievement and national necessity. Dissolving it is not on the agenda of the political leadership.”

Rajoub’s comments contradict repeated warnings from Palestinian officials that they were considering dissolving the PA. The latest warning came Jan. 5 from chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. In April 2014, The New York Times reported that President Mahmoud Abbas had also threatened to dismantle the PA if the peace talks led by US Secretary of State John Kerry collapsed.

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