Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, along with his guest, United Nations’ envoy for Middle East Peace, Nicolay Mladenov, rejected, on Friday, Israeli plans for the annexation of more Palestinian lands.
Erekat was quoted as saying that the international community should reiterate previous positions towards the Israeli occupation, illegal Israeli settlement construction and annexation that were first observed, back in 1967, when Israel occupied the Palestinian territories.
Recently, Israeli leaders have hinted at the possibility of annexing the Al-Aghwar area of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, to the boundaries of Israel, as well as gaining full sovereignty over all parts of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party, suggested July of this summer as the date for the annexation.
Erekat also called on United Nations’ Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), to continue to provide vital services for millions of Palestinian refugees, inside the occupied territories, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
The Erekat/Mladenov talks come as the Palestinian people inside the occupied Palestinian territories and in the Diaspora, mark the 72nd anniversary of the Palestinian people’s plight, known as the Nakba, or catastrophe.
Back in May 1948, zionist militias were able to defeat the Arab armies, and forced out more than 700,000 Palestinian villagers from 450 villages in historical Palestine to create a state of its own, on stolen Palestinian soil.