"Israel is practicing a collective punishment against the Palestinian people," said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, in a statement following his meeting with foreign diplomats in the West Bank.

"The Palestinian-Israeli ties would never return to what it used to be before signing up to join international agencies and treaties, mainly the International Criminal Court," said Erekat.

Erekat also referred to what he described as the Israeli government's 'endless threats' against the Palestinian leadership, the Palestinian people and the international agencies.

He urged Israel to declare its commitment to abiding by international treaties. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made his decision to join international treaties after UN Security Council (UNSC) failed to vote in favour of a draft resolution that called for an end to the Israeli occupation within three years.
 
In response to the Palestinian move to join international treaties, mainly the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Israel withheld the tax revenue it collects from Palestinian imports.

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