Palestinian and regional leaders have sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank if he wins the early election this week.
Netanyahu Fighting for His Political Life The inconclusive vote in April said on Tuesday that Israel would "immediately apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea" when in the elections secure a fifth term of office on 17 September.
The Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead The sea accounts for 30 percent of the West Bank. They are in Zone C, which means that they are mostly under Israeli military and civilian control.
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According to Netanyahu's announcement, Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo called his election pledge a "dangerous development and a new Israeli aggression by declaring the intention to violate the International Law."
"The Arab League considers this Statements as undermining the chances of progress in the peace process and will torpedo all its foundations. "
In a series of separate statements, Qatar criticized" Israel's continued disregard for international law "; Turkey criticized the annexation commitment as "racist". Jordan called Netanyahu's plan a "serious escalation"; and Saudi Arabia called for an emergency meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Meanwhile, the United Nations warned that Netanyahu's plan would "have no international legal effect."
During his television announcement, Netanyahu also pledged to annex all Jewish settlements that Israel has established in the West Bank.
There are currently 650,000 Israeli Jews living in more than 100 settlements built since 1967. International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and regards all Jewish settlement activities as illegal.
The Palestinians reacted quickly to Netanyahu's statements by saying that he was destroying all hope for peace
Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, warned that all agreements signed with Israel Netanyahu's announcement contradicts United Nations resolutions and international law.
Hanan Ashrawi, a high-ranking official of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), wrote on Twitter that Netanyahu wanted to impose on everyone a "greater Israel" of historic Palestine and [carry] an ethnic cleansing agenda. "
" This announcement is a declaration of war against the rights of the Palestinian people and the very foundations of international rules-based order, "she said in a separate
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In his speech, Netanyahu also announced a long-awaited peace plan United States, whose publication was postponed until after the election. " and the unique opportunity to apply our sovereignty over our settlements" in the West Bank and other places of vital importance to our security, our heritage and our future " At the beginning of May, he had hoped Israel would get in touch with President Donald Trump's forthcoming proposal to "pursue a plan" to annex settlements in the West Bank.
Abdulsattar Qassim, a professor of political science at al-Najah University in Nablus, said the Palestinians are not expecting anything from Trump, a staunch Netanyahu ally, who has issued a series of guidelines supporting the expansion of Israel, including the vast majority condemned decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
"The way Trump behaved, we expect it will support any kind of Israeli decision to annex parts of the West Bank," Qassem told Al Jazeera.
"Trump has shown great hostility to the Palestinians, who has transferred the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supported the annexation of the occupied Golan Heights, and cut back the financial resources of UNRWA, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the PA."
Qassem is Netanyahu's promise to annex the occupied Palestinian territories Barely new to Israeli politics.
"This project is not just for Netanyahu," he said. "In the entire political spectrum of Israel, from Labor to the right-wing Likud party, the Israelis have the annexation of the West Bank."