CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab overseas ministers condemned a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex elements of the occupied West Financial institution as “aggression” undermining any probabilities of a peace settlement with the Palestinians.
Arab overseas ministers and delegation members attend the annual Arab League assembly in Cairo, Egypt September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Netanyahu stated on Tuesday he deliberate to annex the Jordan Valley, a big swathe of the occupied West Financial institution, if he wins a carefully contested election only a week away.
Israel captured the West Financial institution in a 1967 warfare and Palestinians, who signed interim peace offers with Israel within the 1990s that embody safety cooperation, search to make it a part of a future state.
The Arab League “considers his announcement a harmful growth and a brand new Israeli aggression by declaring the intention to violate the worldwide regulation,” Arab overseas ministers stated in a press release after a gathering in Cairo.
“The league regards these statements as undermining the probabilities of any progress within the peace course of and can torpedo all its foundations,” the assertion stated.
Arab overseas ministers had been holding a gathering in Cairo, seat of the Arab League, however added an emergency session after Netanyahu made his feedback on reside tv.
Round 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers reside within the Jordan Valley and northern Useless Sea space, in line with the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. The principle Palestinian metropolis is Jericho, with round 28 villages and smaller Bedouin communities.
Jordanian International Minister Ayman Safadi on Twitter known as Netanyahu’s plan a “critical escalation”. Jordan and Egypt are the one Arab states to have peace treaties with Israel.
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official within the Palestine Liberation Group, wrote on Twitter that the Israeli chief was out to impose a “higher Israel on all of historic Palestine and (carry) out an ethnic cleaning agenda”.
Preventing for his political life after an inconclusive election in April, Netanyahu additionally reaffirmed a pledge to annex all the settlements Israel has established within the West Financial institution.
White Home senior adviser Jared Kushner stated in early Might that he hoped Israel would take a tough take a look at President Donald Trump’s upcoming Center East peace proposal earlier than “continuing with any plan” to annex West Financial institution settlements.
Saudi Arabia condemned Netanyahu’s feedback and known as for an emergency assembly of the Group of Islamic Cooperation, state information company SPA stated.
Qatar reiterated its assist for a two-state peace resolution.
Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Nayera Abdallah; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Modifying by Chris Reese and Howard Goller