Palestinian PM: Israel must face consequences over planned West Bank annexations
RAMALLAH, West Bank Israel must have to deal with the outcomes whether it annexes hit the tied up West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Tuesday, connecting to possible European sanctions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tied up to add to sovereignty tends Jewish negotiations plus the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, place Israel took in the 1967 Middle East war and which Palestinians find a area.
Netanyahu’s new bureaucrats are from begin considering the veritably annexation on July 1, however it is unclear regardless Israel’s main best friend, the United States, can greenlight the move.
The Palestinians have redundant U.S. President Donald Trump’s silence design, reported in January, under that most considering the agreements Israel established would definitely be incorporated into “contiguous Israeli territory”.
At a newscast event, Shtayyeh said annexation would definitely assassinate any probability of tranquility with the use of Israel and sap “the Palestinian, regional and international consensus” on any two-state choice.
He said Israel must now “feel the heat of international pressure”.
European reports, Shtayyeh said, were completely talking about “sanctions on Israel and freezing association agreements, as well as cancelling some research programmes” and “analyzing Palestine” as a state in the West Bank and Gaza.
Most countries view Israel’s settlements on occupied land as illegal. Israel disputes this. Palestinians now exercise limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank while Palestinian Islamist group Hamas rules tiny Gaza.
But Shtayyeh said the 27-nation European Union’s consensus decision-making was “a bit sophisticated”, and one or two countries were not in line with others on the issue.
An EU spokesman in Jerusalem declined comment on Shtayyeh’s remarks but pointed to an earlier statement from EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell which said that annexation, “if application, can’t go unchallenged”.
Without giving details, Shtayyeh said the Palestinians submitted a counter-proposal to Trump’s plan to the Quartet of Middle East mediators – the United States, Russia, the European Union and United Nations.
The Palestinians have declared agreements with Israel void in protest against annexation. Shtayyeh said his government’s rejection of taxes collected by Israel on its behalf meant salaries would not be paid to some 130,000 public workers.