Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that if the decision to annex the Jordan Valley was implemented by force and the imposition of a fait accompli on the ground, it will open the doors for other countries that have the power to make changes to alter their borders by force and coercion, which would drag the international community into a cycle of interminable conflicts.
Erekat said this today when he met with Member of the German Parliament, Roderich Kiesewetter, at his office in Jericho where they discussed in depth regional issues and the Palestinians-Israeli situation.
The PLO official said that any attempts to appease Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s administration, whatever their source, justifications, and goals at the expense of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights, including the right to defend themselves, are totally rejected and constitute a flagrant violation of international law.
Erekat stressed that the so-called US deal of the century is not a peace plan, but rather a plan for annexation, colonization, and apartheid, maintaining that all countries must reject it and strictly adhere to the pillars and foundations of the international law and UN resolutions, stressing that the majority of countries, particularly UN member states, are dissatisfied with their borders, which were drawn by guns and cannons.
Erekat affirmed the necessity to face the ‘conspiracy of the century’ through holding a fully-fledged international peace conference in accordance with international law, UN resolutions, well-specified terms of reference, and the Arab peace initiative, that guarantee an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of the independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with the state of Israel in peace and security on the basis of the 4 June 1967 borders.