The Israeli government is seeking to have the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) recognize Israel as a Jewish state and negotiate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
However, the PA is resisting such moves and wants to retain its status quo.
In a recent interview with the Jerusalem Post, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, “We are not looking for an end [to the conflict].
We want the situation to be settled by means of negotiations.”
The PLO rejected the proposal, saying it is seeking a Jewish homeland.
The PA is seeking its independence, as it did after the 1967 Six Day War.
According to a report published by the Middle East Forum in January, Livni believes the PA can secure its independence by forming a unified political entity and a unity government.
However the two factions are in disagreement over the PLO’s future role and the PLOs foreign and domestic policies.
According the report, the two parties “have not yet agreed on a common approach to the Palestinian issue.”
In March, the PLo declared its intention to form a unified Palestinian political entity by a general election scheduled for May 20, 2021.
Livni, who has been in office for a decade, said in the interview, “Our priority is to get a stable government.
We want to get rid of the Palestinian government that is not based on a sovereign state.”
She said that the goal is to establish “a unified Palestinian society based on national, democratic and political rights and freedoms.”
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed on the creation of a “state in the south of the West Bank and east of Gaza,” according to a statement by the two sides.
“We agreed to develop the Palestinian state in the southern areas, including the southern Gaza Strip,” the statement said.
“A state will be created in the west of the state, which will be governed by a national unity government, including a Palestinian Authority.”
The Palestinians have been fighting for a unified and democratic state in Gaza since the 2008 war between Israel and Hamas, which was a proxy of Fatah, the Hamas-dominated political party in the Palestinian territory.
In the meantime, Israel has been expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, a move which has prompted Palestinian factions to launch a number of rocket attacks against Israel.