NEW YORK (Oct. 29)
For months, Israel has charged that the Palestinian Authority was not living up to the terms of the self-rule accords.
When he came to power earlier this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was going to be less lenient than the previous Labor government and was going to hold the Palestinians accountable for upholding their end of the bargain.
This week, the Israeli government released a list of 10 of what it said were the Palestinian Authority’s most “egregious” violations of the accords:
Opening fire on Israeli forces and civilians — a reference to the three days of violence in late September, when Palestinian police fired on Israeli soldiers.
Failure to confiscate illegal arms and disband militias, including Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad.
Failure to extradite 19 suspected terrorists to Israel.
Incitement to violence against Israel. The Israeli government charged that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has repeatedly called for holy wars, offered praise for slain terrorist Yehiya Ayash and has encouraged violent acts against Israelis.
Failure to change those portions of the Palestine Liberation Organization covenant that call for the destruction of Israel.
Continued operation of Palestinian Authority offices in Jerusalem.
Recruitment of terrorists to serve in the Palestinian police.
Exceeding the agreed-upon limits on the number of Palestinian police in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli government cited reports that the Palestinian Authority has deployed more than 50,000 security forces — more than double the total permitted under the self-rule accords.
Repeated abuses of human rights and the rule of law.
Ongoing conduct of foreign relations, despite the accords’ explicit statement that the PLO was to conduct relations on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.