Palestinian leaders reacted with anger to Netanyahu’s vow to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office.
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator and a close aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said:
“Israel will continue to brazenly violate international law for as long as the international community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump Administration’s support and endorsement of Israel’s violation of the national and human rights of the people of Palestine.”
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat: "We are not surprised by Netanyahu's statements about his intention to annex parts of the West Bank to Israel once he is reelected." pic.twitter.com/D5U3QGHQIR
— #FreePalestine ?? (@Taghreeba) April 7, 2019
In Gaza, Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri urged Abbas’s Western-backed Palestinian Authority to halt its security cooperation with Israel in the occupied West Bank.
“Netanyahu’s dreams of annexing the West Bank will never be achieved and we will not allow that to happen.”
“It is time for (the PA) to stop security coordination with the occupation, and to get united in the face of the challenges.”
Netanyahu promete anexarse partes del West Bank si es reelegido.
Hamas promete luchar para recuperar toda Palestina.
Las díasporas judías y árabes aplauden a ambos lados.
El círculo vicioso de siempre. https://t.co/drOOvFWhCJ
— Manuel Férez (@ferezmanuel) April 7, 2019
Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014.
After decades of settlement-building, more than 400,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, according to Israeli figures, among about 2.9 million Palestinians according to the Palestinian Statistics Bureau.
A further 212,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Israeli PM #Netanyahu vows to annex all Israeli settlements in the West Bank should he get re-elected. pic.twitter.com/pHLHLqPZXF
— ILTV (@ILTVNews) April 7, 2019
The Palestinians and many countries consider settlements to be illegal under the Geneva conventions that bar settling on land captured in war. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.
The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, all territory Israel captured in 1967. Israel has annexed east Jerusalem and withdrawn from Gaza. The West Bank remains under Israeli military occupation with limited Palestinian self-rule.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)