2019-09-12 Israel-Palestine-Jordan||Netanyahu Annexation Pledge a Blow to Palestinians
[COURTHOUSENEWS] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins re-election next week could inflame the Middle East and extinguish any remaining Paleostinian hope of establishing a separate state.|
Arab leaders angrily condemned Netanyahu’s remarks Tuesday, and a U.N. front man warned the step would be "devastating" to the prospects for a two-state solution.
Netanyahu said he would extend Israeli illusory sovereignty over the Jordan Valley ‐ the breadbasket of any Paleostinian state ‐ shortly after forming a new government and would move later to annex other Jewish settlements.
Such action would swallow up most of the West Bank territory sought by the Paleostinians, leaving them with little more than isolated enclaves. Netanyahu’s announcement appeared to be aimed at shoring up support of hard-line nationalist voters.
World leaders denounced Netanyahu’s annexation promise.
Stephane Dujarric, a United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
front man, said Tuesday that any Israeli move to impose its administration over the Paleostinian territory "would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace and the very essence of a two-state solution."
The Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
condemned Netanyahu’s remarks as "a serious development and an Israeli aggression" that, if carried out, amount to "an Israeli declaration for the end of the grinding of the peace processor."
Jordan’s foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, said in a statement that annexation of Israel’s West Bank settlements would fan the flames of conflict around the region
Netanyahu made no mention of what he would do with the territory’s more than 2 million Paleostinian residents.
Palestinians say Netanyahu's Jordan Valley annexation bid 'destroys all chances of peace'
[ALARABY.CO.UK] A senior Paleostinian official said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to annex the Jordan Valley if re-elected destroyed all chances of Israeli-Paleostinian peace.
"He is not only destroying the two-state solution, he is destroying all chances of peace," bigwig Hanan Ashrawi told AFP.
"This is a total game changer."
...negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel. He has been chief Paleostinian negotiator since 1995. He is currently negotiating with Israel to establish a de jure Paleostinian state...
, the chief Paleostinian negotiator, said the annexation would be "manifestly illegal".
He called on the international community to "act now to prevent Netanyahu and his allies from burying any remaining prospects for peace".
Earlier on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would immediately annex the Jordan Valley, a strategically important part of the occupied West Bank, if he were re-elected on September 17.
He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, saying it would be done in coordination with US President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
but without giving a time frame.
The Jordan Valley accounts for around one-third of the West Bank and Israeli right-wing politicians have long viewed the area as a part of the territory they would never retreat from.
Israeli settlements are located in what is known as Area C of the West Bank, which accounts for some 60 percent of the territory, including the vast majority of the Jordan Valley.
Netanyahu said his annexation plans would not include Paleostinian cities, such as the Jordan Valley's Jericho.
Ashrawi said the move, which would leave the Paleostinian government with self-rule over a number of cities in the West Bank, was "worse than apartheid".
"He is trying to take the land without the people and saying you are free to leave," she added.
"In every (Israeli) election we pay the price, with our rights, with our lands."
A front man for Paleostinian Islamist movement Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbund millipede, accused Netanyahu of seeking "right-wing votes by selling the illusion to his public that he can occupy Paleostinian land forever."
Separately, a senior Hamas official Bassem Naim predicted it could "lead to a kaboom".
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