Abbas’s workplace fumes at Netanyahu, Gantz for pledging Jordan Valley annexation


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s workplace blasted each Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Tuesday over feedback they made vowing to making use of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

“Such statements completely undermine the foundations of the peace course of — sending the area right into a harmful new section of battle and instability,” Abbas’s workplace mentioned, in accordance with the official PA information website Wafa.

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Netanyahu vowed Tuesday night to use sovereignty over the Jordan Valley in addition to each settlement within the West Financial institution “with out exception.” Since September, the prime minister has regularly mentioned that if he succeeds in forming a brand new authorities, he’ll annex the world.

Gantz had promised earlier within the day, whereas visiting the Jordan Valley, to use sovereignty over the territory “in coordination with the worldwide neighborhood.”

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Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White get together are competing in opposition to one another within the upcoming nationwide elections on March 2. Each of them seem like making the feedback about making use of sovereignty to the Jordan Valley to curry favor with right-wing voters.

The overwhelming majority of the worldwide neighborhood has lengthy opposed Israel making use of its sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and referred to as for the development of a two-state resolution.

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A composite photograph exhibiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Blue and White get together chief, Benny Gantz, proper, talking individually at a media convention in Jerusalem, December eight, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Jordan Valley, the place 10,000 settlers and 80,000 Palestinians reside, makes up almost 30 p.c of the West Financial institution. Jewish settlers and Palestinians farm the world, rising fruit and veggies.

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The Ramallah-based Palestinian management has lengthy referred to as for the institution of an impartial Palestinian state, comprising the Jordan Valley, the remainder of the West Financial institution, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Abbas’s workplace additionally referred to as on the worldwide neighborhood “to face firmly in opposition to these Israeli positions that threaten safety, stability and world peace.”

Nickolay Mladenov, the particular UN envoy for the Center East peace course of, on Wednesday expressed apprehension about Israel taking such a step, tweeting that it will “deal a devastating blow” to the two-state resolution.

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The PA president has beforehand acknowledged that if Israel applies sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, the Palestinians would cancel all of their agreements with the Jewish state whereas persevering with to combat terror.

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The Palestinians have signed a variety of agreements with Israel outlining safety, financial and different types of cooperation between the 2 sides.

“Should you annex it, there can be no relationship between us and all of you. We’ll minimize all ties and cancel all agreements no matter what these agreements are,” he said in a meeting on the sidelines of the annual assembly of the UN Common Meeting in September 2019, including, “We’ll protect one factor… I’ll proceed to combat in opposition to terror and protect worldwide legitimacy.”

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