Sep 12, 2019 04:35 UTC
  • Iran says Netanyahu’s annexation plan means to win reelection

Iran says the Israeli prime minister seeks to stay in power through anti-Iran accusations and annexation, after Benjamin Netanyahu said he would annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if reelected.

According to Press TV, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday “Netanyahu is after votes to stay in power and continue with expansionist policies and aggression one day through making accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran and one day by announcing his malicious intention to annex certain parts of Palestine.”    

Mousavi said certain Arab countries claiming the leadership of the Arab world and who are busy with other issues like their military aggression against Yemen and their warming up ties with Zionist regime had provided Tel Aviv with an opportunity to disclose its ill-wished intentions.

He added that Iran welcomes any collective effort by Muslim countries to block the decision after calls for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Corporation (OIC).

The remarks came one day after Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank if he emerges victorious in the forthcoming snap legislative elections.

He announced his intention “to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea" in a speech broadcast live on Israeli TV.

The 69-year-old chairman of the Likud Party also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, and in coordination with US President Donald Trump.

The announcement drew sharp criticism from West Asian countries.