Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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A call by Palestinian leaders to suspend recognition of Israel in response to U.S. recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital could have major implications but is unlikely to be implemented for now, analysts said.The vote was by the Palestinian Central Council, one of the key institutions of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in a meeting Sunday and Monday called to discuss Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.The PLO is considered the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people by the international community and formalized its recognition of Israel in 1993 .Previous decisions by the PCC have not been implemented, notably a 2015 vote calling for suspending security coordination with Israel.The longtime leader, now 82, has been through a series of failed U.S.-brokered peace negotiations, but Trump's Dec. 6 recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital deeply angered the Palestinians.Polls indicate around 70 percent of Palestinians want Abbas to resign, with criticism of his policy of negotiations with Israel rife.
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