Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Tel Aviv would not remove a single Israeli settlement in the occupied territories, and that any ideas proposed now to advance peace talks, âare just proposals.âHis statements came during the Davos Conference, on Friday, when he responded to a question about Israelâs settlements in the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank. His response referred to Israelâs settlements and settlement blocs, in the occupied territories, and not only the Jordan Valley.
âI will not remove any settlementâ, he said, âI will not uproot any Israeliâ.
Netanyahu stated that the United States just presented ideas and suggestions regarding a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Following the conference, Netanyahu held a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, and discussed the political âprocessâ between Tel Aviv and Ramallah.
He said Kerry is not talking about a framework
agreement for a peace deal, but only presented ideas to Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
The statements came after Kerry said a frame agreement is closer than ever, and after a statement by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, who said that peace talks are based on a full Israeli withdrawal from the territories Israel captured in 1967, including Jerusalem.
Commenting on BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaigns around the world, the Israeli Prime Minister alleged that more international companies âare showing interest in investing in Israel.â
On his part, Kerry said that should direct peace talks collapse, the Israelis and Palestinians will be harmed by ongoing violence.
He also âwarnedâ that, should the talks fail, âit will be impossible for Israel to continue its future as a Jewish democratic stateâ.
Kerry stated that the core issues the U.S. is working for are establishing an âindependentâ Palestinian state, security for Israel, a withdrawal of the Israeli army, and âan agreed solution to the issue of Palestinian refugeesâ.
He said that ending the conflict should be final; a full Palestinian recognition of the âJewish Stateâ, and an Israeli recognition of the ânation-state of the Palestiniansâ, Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported.
The US official also said that Israel will become a strong state after achieving peace with the Palestinians, and that his government has a security plan for the borders between the occupied West Bank and Jordan.
There are more than 11.679 Jewish settlers living in the Jordan Valley, and more than 400.000 Jewish settlers living in Israelâs illegitimate settlements in the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.
Israelâs settlements, built on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, and, along with the Annexation Wall, have turned the Palestinian communities into isolated cantons separating the Palestinians from each other, and from their farmlands and orchards.
Settlements are also built in vital areas in Palestine, including hilltops, water and natural resources, especially in the Jordan Valley, depriving the Palestinians from basic rights, including the right to their own land.