Days of Palestine

Saturday, April 1

Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia condemn Israeli plans to annex Jordan Valley

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Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia strongly condemned today statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pledged to annex the occupied Jordan Valley in the east of the West Bank if elected.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said from Cairo where Arab foreign ministers were meeting that Netanyahu’s declaration is 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 also said in a statement that this step is going to totally destroy all chances of peace.

It condemned it saying this policy is 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 also said in a statement that this declaration is very serious and a blatant violation of the United Nations Charter and international law 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.

It said 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 plan and what is required to revise the positions towards Israel in order to confront this declaration and take what measures are necessary.