CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab international ministers condemned a belief by Israeli High Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank as “aggression” undermining any chances of a peace settlement with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu acknowledged on Tuesday he planned to annex the Jordan Valley, a orderly swathe of the occupied West Bank, if he wins a carefully contested election true a week away.
Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 battle and Palestinians, who signed period in-between peace deals with Israel in the Nineties that comprise safety cooperation, look to construct it piece of a future negate.
The Arab League “considers his announcement a unhealthy construction and a brand contemporary Israeli aggression by declaring the plan to violate the global law,” Arab international ministers acknowledged in a observation after a gathering in Cairo.
“The league regards these statements as undermining the percentages of any growth in the peace direction of and could maybe well merely tranquil torpedo all its foundations,” the observation acknowledged.
Arab international ministers had been maintaining a gathering in Cairo, seat of the Arab League, but added an emergency session after Netanyahu made his feedback on stay television.
Around 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers stay in the Jordan Valley and northerly Wearisome Sea set up, per the Israeli human rights workforce B’Tselem. The predominant Palestinian metropolis is Jericho, with around 28 villages and smaller Bedouin communities.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Twitter known as Netanyahu’s belief a “serious escalation”. Jordan and Egypt are the exclusively Arab states to have peace treaties with Israel.
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior legitimate in the Palestine Liberation Organization, wrote on Twitter that the Israeli leader was once out to impose a “better Israel on all of historical Palestine and (elevate) out an ethnic detoxification agenda”.
Combating for his political existence after an inconclusive election in April, Netanyahu also reaffirmed a pledge to annex all the settlements Israel has established in the West Bank.
White Condominium senior adviser Jared Kushner acknowledged in early Might perchance merely that he hoped Israel would purchase a engaging watch at President Donald Trump’s upcoming Heart East peace proposal sooner than “persevering with with any belief” to annex West Bank settlements.
Saudi Arabia condemned Netanyahu’s feedback and known as for an emergency assembly of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, negate files company SPA acknowledged.
Qatar reiterated its give a enhance to for a two-negate peace solution.
Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Nayera Abdallah; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Chris Reese and Howard Goller