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Palestinians outline Israel isolation strategy

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December 20, 2012 | 11:00 am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during the Arab Peace Initiative Committee Meeting in Doha on Dec. 9. Photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during the Arab Peace Initiative Committee Meeting in Doha on Dec. 9. Photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

The Palestinian Authority is considering a multi-pronged strategy to isolate Israel, including seeking redress in international courts and ceasing security cooperation.

The Associated Press reported on the strategy in a story published Thursday. Palestinian officials told the AP that they will first press for renewed talks after Israel's Jan. 22 elections but will insist on a settlement freeze as a precondition.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who looks set for reelection, has rejected another freeze, saying the Palestinians did not come to the table until nine months into the last partial freeze, in 2010, and then left because he would not extend it beyond the 10 months he had pledged.

Should Israel not agree to those terms, the officials say, they will seek war crimes charges against Israelis in international courts, will lobby for sanctions on Israel, organize mass protests and suspend the security cooperation in the West Bank that has helped maintain the peace there while the Gaza Strip, under Hamas control, has exploded into violence multiple times in recent years.

"There will be no security cooperation as long as there is no political horizon," Mohammed Ishtayeh told the AP.

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