Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced yesterday that the Israeli government recognized an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank, two days before the general elections. The Palestinian presidency hastily condemned, saying: "This act is condemned and rejected, and will not give any legitimacy to the settlement on the territory of the State of Palestine." 1967, including Jerusalem. "
In detail, Netanyahu's office said that during its weekly session in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli government agreed to "transform the informal settlement of Mivot Jericho in the Jordan Valley into an official settlement."
"The cabinet approved the prime minister's proposal to build Mivot Jericho," the prime minister's office said in a statement.
Netanyahu said that if he wins the elections, he intends to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, as well as settlements throughout the occupied West Bank in coordination with US President Donald Trump, who is expected to announce after the elections his plan to resolve the Israeli conflict. The Palestinian.
Netanyahu vowed a week ago to annex the Jordan Valley, which accounts for a third of the West Bank if he wins the election.
For his part, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeina, that «this act condemned and rejected, and will not give any legitimacy for the settlement on the territory of the State of Palestine in 1967, including Jerusalem».
Abu Rudeina said in a press statement yesterday that «the Israeli government headed by Netanyahu is determined to continue to undermine any opportunities to achieve a just and lasting peace based on the resolutions of international legitimacy in accordance with the principle of a two-state solution, through its settlement approach, both through the threat to impose Israeli sovereignty on the Palestinian territories , Or hold meetings on our occupied territory in violation of international legitimacy and international law », according to the Palestinian news agency« Wafa ».
He added: «All the settlements established in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem is illegal, and no one can give him legitimacy as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, so it will be doomed as the occupation will disappear due to the steadfastness of our people and leadership».
He also stressed «the international community to intervene immediately to stop the Israeli madness aimed at destroying all the foundations of the political process».
The PLO Executive Committee held Netanyahu fully responsible for ending the peace process.
The Foreign Ministry in the Palestinian Authority condemned the Israeli government meeting in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.
"The Israeli occupation measures against the Jordan Valley are a test of the international community's ability to protect the two-state solution," a ministry statement said.