Abbas countermands his PM’s order to scale down Israel-Palestinian security cooperation

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has overturned his Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh’s order to slow down the PA’s security cooperation with Israel, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources reveal.
Shtayyeh, by profession an economist, has been trying since his appointment as Palestinian prime minister five months ago to assert his position as future successor to the octogenarian leader Abbas (Abu Mazen). Last week, he summoned heads of the Palestinian intelligence and security services and instructed them to stop meeting with their Israel counterparts for coordinating efforts to keep the peace. He explained that coordination should continue – but without the meetings.

Israeli security sources warned in response that this step would not only hamper the current give-and-take between the services and disrupt their counter-terrorism efforts, but it would remove the restraints holding back Abu Mazen’s own Palestinian rivals from malign activities.

As soon as he heard about Shtayyeh’s directive, Abbas urgently summoned the PA’s security and intelligence chiefs and told them to ignore it. To his associates he stressed that matters of security were outside the prime minister’s remit and his exclusive province.  The restoration of the former situation was welcomed by Israel’s military and intelligence officials.

Last month, PM Shtayyeh proposed separating the PA from the Israeli shekel and replacing it with a Palestinian national cryptocurrency. This step would have deprived Israel’s central bank of revenue from the shekel’s currency in Palestinian areas under the 1994 Paris Protocol, which allows the Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) to act in the capacity of a central bank but not to print its own currency. It was agreed that the shekel would be the official currency for all transactions.
The Palestinian prime minister’s proposal never took off either.
In recent weeks, Abu Mazen is more sensitive than ever on matters of security and intelligence as he sees mounting efforts by his personal rivals to grab positions of authority.  After a long absence, agents of Abbas’ veteran rival, Muhammed Dahlan – once the strongman of Gaza – are again dabbling in Ramallah. Dahlan is reported by our sources to have established ties with his foremost foe, Jibril Rajib, another contender for the Abbas throne, and providing him with funds for his activities.

Dahlan, who during his years in exile developed a flourishing business empire, was sighted of late commuting between Yugoslavia, Austria and Abu Dhabi, while wheeling and dealing in business ventures, mostly arms transactions.  His chief partner is Muhammed Rashid, a financial wizard, who was a close adviser to the late Yasser Arafat.

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25 thoughts on “Abbas countermands his PM’s order to scale down Israel-Palestinian security cooperation

  • Aug 21, 2019 @ 18:04 at 18:04

    They only care about their bank accounts… they don’t care about the well being of their people.

    • Aug 21, 2019 @ 19:03 at 19:03

      Raftong nails it… Looks like a Money Fight by Losers to Hamas. Brings Reminders Arafat Long Fame Name of Longer Corruption of Palestinians Funds in his Deeper Pockets instead of Peace? GST001

    • Aug 22, 2019 @ 1:31 at 1:31

      you feller’s just can’t be pleased with anything but violence…maybe you don’t want peace in your lifetime but your children would grow up happier but no you’ll teach them to be miserable as you have been and only pointing finger’s and crying…try the other least before you die you may be amazed

      • Aug 22, 2019 @ 6:01 at 6:01

        Jake… Ditto, Palestinian Education with Mutual Israel-Palestine-Gaza Prosperity is a Far Better Rapprochement than Destruction of Each Other! Seize Day Vote In New Leaders! GST001

  • Aug 21, 2019 @ 18:43 at 18:43

    Why do we continue to wait, we need to be disrupting their counter-terrorism efforts. The greater the violence the greater our ability to solve this problem once and for all.

    We need to evict not just the Palestinians but also the those that live among us that weaken our society. Israel is meant to be for those who follow the Law and this these wing traitors who have deserted their faith and permitted this Arab filth that live in our midst.

    • Aug 21, 2019 @ 19:35 at 19:35


    • Aug 22, 2019 @ 15:30 at 15:30

      Sounds like Germany in the 30s brother, how ironic 😉

      • Aug 22, 2019 @ 15:33 at 15:33

        Yes, hate has clouded and corrupted all players in Me. Too bad, as we all begin life with the capacity to love each other.

      • Aug 22, 2019 @ 19:42 at 19:42

        You Nazi Filth how dare you imply that you filthy beast.

        We are the victims here. Its impossible for a Jew to be a racist Nazi when we are just following our sacred teachings. Israel is for Jews only, no others have any right to be there.

        Those that choose to stay must either serve us or be forced to leave one way or the other.

        • Aug 24, 2019 @ 5:44 at 5:44

          “jacob”? really? are you sure it isn’t actually yakoub or mohammed? because you sound more like an anti-zionist shill, than any israeli or jewish point of view.

          in fact you sound just like an antisemitic conspiracy site.

  • Aug 21, 2019 @ 18:46 at 18:46

    Abu Rami, known for his Hezbollah TV comments “Until Now We Have Not Had Nuclear Weapons, “But In The Name Of Allah, If We Had Nuclear Weapons, We’d Be Using Them”! Rajoub Fined US$20,333 & Banned from FIFA Inciting Hate & Violence against Argentinian Team play in IsraeL?

  • Aug 21, 2019 @ 19:12 at 19:12

    Abu Mazen is 85 years old and immensely wealthy. He wont jeopardize his safety. He’ll probably die peacefully in his sleep and get the last laugh.

    • Aug 21, 2019 @ 22:00 at 22:00

      Zeek… Dying with Billions and Leaving his own People in Poverty is a Value System Legacy No True Leader wants to Leave. Even when Israel Became a State in 1948 Palestinians and Jewish Families still Shared a Higher GDP than most Mideast Nations including those with Oil Revenues. Once PLO created that went away and has gotten worse under such Poor Leadership? Except for those Still Living in Israel! GS001

      • Aug 22, 2019 @ 20:29 at 20:29

        Huh? Did you think I called him a true leader?

  • Aug 21, 2019 @ 22:34 at 22:34

    P.L.O. Poverty Leaders Organization!

    • Aug 22, 2019 @ 10:54 at 10:54

      PLO – Push Leon Ovetboardsamson

    • Aug 22, 2019 @ 10:55 at 10:55

      PLO – Push Leon Overboard

    • Aug 25, 2019 @ 5:04 at 5:04

      Plenty Of Leftovers

  • Aug 22, 2019 @ 8:32 at 8:32

    Send them all out of Israel permanently before they cause any more trouble.

    • Aug 22, 2019 @ 20:51 at 20:51

      Agreed, the biggest mistake that we made was not to deal with the situation decisively in the past. Previously we would have needed a excuse but with Trump in charge we can resolve this and the Temple issue.

  • Aug 22, 2019 @ 9:11 at 9:11

    Fatah and Hamas Leaders Die Rich While People Die Poor In Suicide Attacks. These are the True Exploiters of Palestinians & Rockets Fired from Gaza Strip as Hamas Naval Targets Are Sunk!

  • Aug 22, 2019 @ 13:23 at 13:23

    THe Day Abbas terminates security agreements with israel, is the day hamas will bury him in the ground. It is as a result of the ISraeli security agreement that Abbas still draws a breath as they have uncovered and stopped many plots by palestinians to kill Abbas

  • Aug 23, 2019 @ 6:43 at 6:43

    YAVEH pelea por ti Israel ,nadie podrá destruirse??????????

  • Aug 23, 2019 @ 10:18 at 10:18

    How dumb can we be?
    Abu Mazen spilled the beans:
    Million Arabs come to invade Jerusalem.
    Iran did something like it defending against Iraq war
    Tries to calm things down that his slip up maybe overlooked

  • Aug 25, 2019 @ 5:02 at 5:02

    Friends should sit down and have some good food. I can make some fine Chinese spicy pork ribs.

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