Arab nations condemn Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation plan

epaselect epa06034695 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 June 2017. EPA/ABIR SULTAN / POOL EPA POOL

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Arab nations have condemned a plan by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to annex part of the occupied West Bank.

On Tuesday Netanyahu pledged to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea if he is returned to office following a general election next week.

Arab foreign ministers had been holding a meeting in Cairo, seat of the Arab League, but added an emergency session after Netanyahu made his comments on live television.

The Arab League denounced “the dangerous development” as “aggression”.

Officials in Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia sharply criticised the announcement.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Twitter called Netanyahu’s plan a “serious escalation”. Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab states to have peace treaties with Israel.

Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat said such a move would be a “war crime” that would “bury any chance of peace”.

Saudi Arabia condemned Netanyahu’s comments and called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, state news agency SPA said.

Qatar reiterated its support for a two-state peace solution.

Via Jerusalem Post/BBC


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