Palestine shuns Central Intelligence Agency after cutting off security agreements with U.S.

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways offloads aid related to the coronavirus disease for Palestinians at Ben Gurion Airport

Palestinian Authority rejects UAE aid sent via Israeli airport

"I'm not exactly sure what to make of his statement, but I regret that he has made a decision to abrogate these agreements", Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday, referring to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's announcement about an end to security cooperation.

"The UAE authorities did not coordinate with the state of Palestine before sending the aid", the government sources said, adding that "Palestinians refuse to be a bridge [for Arab countries] seeking to have normalised ties with Israel".

"As far as the direct co-operation between the American intelligence agencies and the Palestinian intelligence agencies, I think it stopped as of the end of the president's speech", Erekat said.

Abbas has threatened before to end security ties, without following through. He did not give any details about what his latest declaration would mean in practice.

An Israeli official said the flight would be delivering humanitarian aid provided by the UAE to the Palestinians and that the cargo flight was coordinated with the Israeli government.

In a news conference on Thursday, Mai Kaila said her country refused to receive the medical aid as the Emirati side ignored to coordinate with them. "We are going to maintain public order and the rule of law, alone". An award-winning political reporter who has broken news from across the globe, Kredo's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, the Drudge Report, and the Jerusalem Post, among many others.

Later in the day, a senior Palestinian security official told reporters that Palestinian forces had begun to pull back from some areas of the West Bank that they had policed in coordination with Israel during the coronavirus crisis.

The Arab48 news website quoted Israeli sources as saying that Palestinian security forces withdrew from the town of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, on Friday morning.

Palestinians worry that Israel, with Washington's blessing, could carry out pledges to apply Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, which they see as annexation. It was reported in 2009 that Palestinian security forces were working with the Central Intelligence Agency to detain Hamas supporters in the West Bank.

On Thursday, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh held a meeting with the heads of the Palestinian security forces at his office in Ramallah, where he discussed measures to immediately end all agreements and contacts with Israel.

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