The League of Arab States, comprising of 22 Arab countries, expressed, on Thursday, its full support for the Palestinian leadership, in the latter’s defiance of Israel’s plans, including the plan to annex parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley area of Al-Aghwar.
Said Abuali, Under-Secretary General of the Arab States League for Arab and Palestinian Territories’ Affairs, was quoted as stating that the Arab States back the latest decision by Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in which the latter said that Palestinians are no longer abiding by previously-signed peace agreements with Israel and that they will no longer abide by understandings with the US, with respect to the situation in occupied Palestine.
The Arab League’s chief reiterated the Arab States’ commitment to the 2002 Arab initiative for peace in the Middle East, in which Arab countries accepted peace and normal relations with Israel, provided that Israel accepts a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine and withdraws forces from other Arab lands, including the Syrian Golan Heights.
Abuali also called on all other international players and relevant bodies to intervene by pressuring the Israeli government to refrain from any moves that would preempt peaceful solutions to the conflict, mainly annexing and wresting full control over the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
He held the Israeli government, as the occupying power, responsible for the Palestinian territories, in line with international law.
Recently, Israeli leaders have declared their intention to annex the West Bank in July of this summer.
The declaration has prompted the Palestinian leadership to detach itself from previously-signed peace accords with Israel and demand that Israel uphold its responsibilities for the occupied Palestinian territories.