Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Thursday, strongly condemned statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pledged, if elected, to annex the occupied Jordan Valley in the eastern West Bank, reported WAFA.
Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, spoke from Cairo, where Arab foreign ministers were meeting to discuss Netanyahu’s declaration as a dangerous escalation, that will torpedo the foundations of the peace process, fuel the conflict and push the entire region towards violence.
He stressed, according to the Jordanian news agency Petra, Jordan’s rejection and condemnation of Netanyahu’s declaration, which he considered a flagrant violation of international law and an election ploy whose price will be the killing of the peace process while undermining the right of people in this region to live in peace.
He described the Israeli declaration as a threat to security and peace in the region and the world.
The Qatari foreign ministry condemned the policy in a statement, that this step would totally destroy all chances of peace, calling it another step in Israeli violations of international law, while doing all it can to steal the Palestinian land and deny the Palestinian people their basic rights.
The Saudi royal court made a statement declaring Netanyahu’s intentions to be a very serious and a blatant violation of the United Nations Charter and international laws and conventions.
It said it undermines all efforts to bring a just peace to the Middle East, stressing that there will be no peace without the Palestinian people getting their land and rights, proclaiming that any such declaration will be considered null and void and will have no legal base.
“The Kingdom condemns and rejects this declaration,” the statement said, affirming that “the Arab and Muslim worlds’ preoccupation with many local and regional crises will not affect the status of the Palestinian issue among Arab and Muslim countries and governments and will not stop the Arab nation, which asserted its commitment to peace through the Arab Peace Initiative, from confronting these unilateral measures taken by Israel and the constant attempts to change the facts of history, geography and violation of legitimate Palestinian rights.”
It called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers, to discuss this issue and to come up with an urgent action to confront this declaration.
Source : WAFA
Edited for IMEMC : Ali Salam