Middle East

Abbas says could end security cooperation over Israeli settlements push

President Francois Hollande, right, gestures during a joint press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017. Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, has told The Associated Press that Israeli legislation to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes is "putting the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution." (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

PARIS: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday he could be forced to suspend security cooperation with Israel if the ramp-up of Israeli settlements continued.

"If the colonization continues, I would have no other choice, it would not be my fault," Abbas told France's Senate during a visit to Paris.

On Tuesday, he met President Francois Hollande, who voiced concern over a law retroactively legalizing about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank





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