Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudieneh slammed remarks made by Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he pledged to annex and impose Israeli sovereignty on illegal West Bank settlements.
Speaking at a ceremony for the opening of the new school year in the settlement of Elkana, illegally built on Salfit land, in the occupied West Bank, Netanyahu said he will not uproot any settler from West Bank settlements, pledging to impose sovereignty on all settlements as part of the state of Israel.
Commenting on Netanyahu’s remarks, Abu Rudieneh said that the Israeli government continues to pursue this approach, which he stressed is not a solution, by reiterating its calls for the annexation of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
He slammed such move as a continuation of attempts to impose a fait accompli which is unacceptable and would not lead to any peace, security, or stability.
The presidential spokesman said that settlement policies, attempts at normalization that are contrary to the Arab peace initiative as well as attempts to erode the two-state solution, are rejected and condemned.
He stressed that such measures would not lead to a third option; either peace to the satisfaction of the Palestinian people, or no immunity for anyone or any decision or position that contradict with the resolutions of national and Arab councils and international legitimacy.