Ramallah: The Palestinian leadership agreed on Saturday that there will be no recognition of Israel beyond the purview of the 1993 Oslo accords.

The unanimous agreement is in response to frequent Israeli demands on Palestinians to recognise it as a Jewish state and aims to leave little room for confusion on the issue.

Bassam Al Salihi, Secretary-General of the Palestinian People's Party, told Gulf News that Palestinian concurrence on not recognising Israel as a Jewish state under any circumstances was unshakeable.

The Palestinian leadership is in an extended meeting to review prevailing political conditions and available alternatives amid the impasse in direct talks because of Israel's stand, he said.

Abbas chairs meeting

Al Salihi spoke to Gulf News following a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on Saturday evening. The meeting was attended by the members of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and secretary-generals of the various Palestinians parties and factions under the umbrella of the PLO except the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The meeting was chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The security coordination between the Palestinian National Authority [PNA] and Israel was a key issue for Palestinian reconsideration," he said.

"The central current alternative of the Palestinian National Authority, in addition to approaching the UN and the Security Council, is reconsidering the commitments of the PNA to Israel," he said referring to the security coordination undertaking.

"Israel implements nothing of its commitments, and the PNA stands in need now to reconsider its commitments to Israel, and mainly the security coordination," he said.

Security pact review

"Reconsidering the commitments of the PNA is a main Palestinian alternative for the Palestinian leadership as Israel is strictly refusing to implement any of its commitments," he said. "Within a month, the Palestinian Central Council will be convened to review general political conditions of the negotiations and the peace process and the possible options where the council's meeting will be held in the Palestinian territories," he said.

"The Palestinian leadership is demanding a total halt of the colony activities, not partial, which proved to be a trick and [is] no more acceptable," he said.