Presidential spokesman slams possible US endorsement of Israel’s West Bank annexation

RAMALLAH, Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh slammed possible future US declaration ahead of the Israeli elections in September backing Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank.

Abu Rudeineh stressed that any procedure or decision that affects Palestinian national rights and the resolutions of international legitimacy shall be considered illegitimate.

He made his remarks responding to media reports indicating that Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a public declaration from US President Donald Trump recognizing Israeli sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank.

Abu Rudeineh warned that such a move would have serious implications particularly that it would follow the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ongoing Israeli settlers’ intrusions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the US position on the issue of Palestinian refugees and the stipends of the families of Palestinian prisoners and those killed by Israeli forces.

This step, if taken, would constitute ongoing playing with fire, he added, and stressed that stability and security are indivisible and that peace would not be made at any price.

Neither this step would establish any right ]to Israel[, nor it will create a viable false reality, he added.

In conclusion, Abu Rudeineh reiterated that the Palestinian people would defend its national rights, history, heritage and holy sites, no matter how long it takes, and expressed his hopes that justice and Palestinian legitimacy will ultimately prevail.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency