Sep 12, 2019 05:48 UTC
  • Netanyahu cannot keep Palestine under occupation forever: Hamas spokesman

A spokesman for Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial pledge to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, stating that he is still under the delusion that the Tel Aviv regime could maintain its occupation of the Palestinian land.

According to Press TV, Hazem Qasem stated on Wednesday that the Palestinian people would continue their struggle to remove the occupation from their territories, and establish their independent state.

Qasem then accused Netanyahu of wooing his right-wing supporters through selling illusions that the Israeli regime can occupy the Palestinian land forever.

The Hamas spokesman later stressed the need for a unified Palestinian front in the face of rightist Israeli policies.

Separately, the European Union warned on Wednesday that Netanyahu's pledge to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he wins next week's election undermines chances for peace in West Asia region.

“The policy of settlement construction and expansion... is illegal under international law and its continuation, and actions taken in this context, undermine the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace,” an unnamed EU spokesperson said in a statement.

Moreover, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated that the Palestinian Authority will cease all agreements signed with the Israeli regime if the latter decides to annex any part of the Occupied Palestinian Land.

Speaking at a meeting with visiting Luxembourgish Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and his accompanying delegation in Ramallah on Wednesday, Abbas underscored that Benjamin Netanyahu's vow to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank eliminates all chances of achieving peace and undermines all international efforts to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

He slammed the pledge as a clear violation of all United Nations resolutions and the international law.

Abbas then lauded the position of Luxembourg and the EU in warning Israel against taking such steps, which will destroy the foundations of the so-called political process, calling on the international community to take a firm stance to force the Israeli regime to reverse such measures.

Asselborn, for his part, affirmed his country’s support for the so-called two-state solution, and rejection of any measures that could undermine such an initiative.