Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday that his government would declare Israeli sovereignty over all settlements. While the Palestinian presidency said that attempts to create a de facto unacceptable "will not lead to any peace, security or stability," the PLO stressed that Israel's imposition of sovereignty on West Bank settlements is a threat to the international system, while Hamas said Netanyahu's pledge to annex the settlements Confirms the magnitude of the challenge facing the Palestinian cause.
In detail, the Israeli prime minister said yesterday that he intended to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, but did not provide a timeframe, in a repeat of an electoral pledge he made five months ago.
"We will extend Jewish sovereignty over all settlements, as part of the Land of Israel, as part of the State of Israel," Netanyahu said in a speech at the Jewish settlement of Elkana in the occupied West Bank, where he attended the opening ceremony.
Netanyahu's comments came at a time when Israel continues to violate international resolutions by creating more settlements.
Last week, the Israeli authorities announced the confiscation of large areas of the villages of Dirastia, west of Salfit, and Kafr Lagaf east of Qalqilya in the West Bank, to build housing units there.
The mayor of the Palestinian city of Derastia stated that the Israeli authorities decided to build 120 settlement units in basin no. (19), in Khalat Hefna site in the lands of Derastia, and basin no. 60 days. He added that some lands belong to the Palestinian treasury, and some private property belonging to 17 farmers from the two villages, noting that Tel Aviv seeks to convert the land from the bush and nature reserve to the settlement units in the settlement «Karni Shomron».
Commenting on Netanyahu's declaration of his intention to impose Israeli sovereignty on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Hebrew University lecturer Yonatan Freeman said: “What is happening now is that he is focusing on sending a message to those in the Zionist religious camp, since he fears that He loses in the elections, to groups like the Yamina (New Right) party and the Outsma Yehudit (Jewish Greatness) party, ”he said, referring to other factions.
"It is also possible that Netanyahu hints that an invisible US plan for a peace settlement in the Middle East will leave Israel sovereignly over certain areas of the West Bank, which it captured alongside others in the 1967 war," Freeman was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. ».
The US administration's ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said the Jewish state had the right to annex certain areas of the West Bank, a move widely seen as a violation of international law governing the occupied territories.
In Ramallah, the Palestinian presidency said that continued attempts to create a fait accompli "will not lead to any peace, security or stability."
This came in response to the Israeli Prime Minister's announcement that he intends to impose sovereignty on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and reject any evacuation in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
In a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency, Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for the presidency, said that Netanyahu's statements come "in these dangerous and decisive times when the US administration is trying to create a loose and ineffective political approach that is contrary to international law and international legitimacy."
"The Israeli government continues to adopt this approach, which is not a solution, by reiterating its calls for the annexation of illegal settlements in the occupied territory," Abu Rudeina said.
He added that «settlement policy, attempts to free normalization contrary to the Arab peace initiative, and work to erode the two-state solution, all rejected and condemned, and will not establish a third option, either peace to the satisfaction of the Palestinian people, or no immunity to anyone or any decision or position contrary to the decisions of national and legitimate councils Arab and International.
Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the PLO's executive committee, responded to Netanyahu's comments by calling on the international community to act.
Erekat wrote on his Twitter account: "For those who are interested after the announcement of Israeli settlement bids, they must now face the truth: The prime minister of the occupation authority officially declares that he will annex the occupied Palestinian territories."
"Enough immunity and protection, there is an international responsibility to impose sanctions on Israel after decades of planned crimes," Erekat said.
Erekat considered Netanyahu's statement "an explicit warning to the international community to authorize international law, which considers the annexation and seizure of the territories of others by force, illegal and opens the horizons, in alliance with the US administration, to overthrow the international system completely, and create a system of power and domination."
In Gaza, Hamas considered that Netanyahu's pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on Jewish settlements in the West Bank "confirms the magnitude of the challenge facing the Palestinian cause."
A spokesman for the movement, Hazem Qassem, said in a press statement that Netanyahu's remarks "will not stop the ongoing Palestinian revolution until the uprooting of all the settlers from Palestinian land, as he did in the Gaza Strip settlements in 2005."
After decades of settlement building, more than 400,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, according to Israeli figures, along with some 2.9 million Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 212,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem.
Erekat: Israel's imposition of sovereignty over West Bank settlements is a threat to the international system.