Concerning the JPOST Oct 29 headline story ” that PLO announces will no longer recognize the State of Israel”
Most people do not realize that the PLO never ratified the Oslo Accord when the PLO was supposed to have recognized Israel in the first place. I cite in my book, GENESIS OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, that few people know or remember that Pinchas Inbari, one of the few Israeli correspondent covering the PLO in Tunis at the time, writing for the Israeli left-wing Hebrew newspaper Al HaMishmar, broke the story that Arafat announced in Tunis that he could not get a quorum of the executive council of the PLO to ratify the Declaration of Principles of the Oslo Accords.
Al HaMishmar ran a headline story on October 7, 1993 which confirmed that the PLO did not ratify the peace accord that Arafat and Abbas had signed together with Peres and Rabin only a few weeks before, with US and Russia as co-signers.The rest of the Israeli media, however, did not report that the PLOnever ratified the accord
Why is this important?: According to Israeli law, since the PLO did not ratify the Oslo accord which renounce terrorism, the PLO and Fatah were not stricken from Israeli law books as “a terrorist entity,” a status that the PLO received on March 1, 1980. If you check the law books today, you will find that the PLO is still defined in Israeli law as a terror entity, because the PLO never ratified the Oslo accord.
The same goes for American law. In March 2002, US government designated the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades of the Fatah as a terror organization. That terror designation was never changed. Under US law,any government that aids and abets an organization defined as a terror organization will forfeit US foreign aid assistance.