PA Hopes for Strong EU Stance against Israel’s West Bank Annexation

Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh during a phone call with EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell. (Photo: File)

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) hopes to see a strong and united stance from Europe against Israeli plans to annex large parts of occupied West Bank, Quds Net News reported yesterday.

Commenting on an EU meeting to discuss Israel’s planned step, Al-Maliki said states were divided; one wanted to send Israel a strong message regarding its planned annexation, while the other wanted to wait and see what the new Israeli government would be like before taking action.

This, Al-Maliki said, weakened the EU’s stance.

“We are preparing to send messages to the foreign ministers of the world countries to explain the danger posed by the planned Israeli annexation of the Palestinian lands,” Al-Maliki said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday presented his unity government before parliament, putting an end to more than a year of political paralysis with a renewed pledge to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank.

After three general elections and an unprecedented deadlock, all within the course of one year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz signed a government coalition agreement on April 20.

(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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