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PA: Netanyahu Will Not Find a Single Palestinian to Negotiate after Annexation

PA: Netanyahu Will Not Find a Single Palestinian to Negotiate after Annexation

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 - 08:30
Birds fly as the Israeli settlement of Ramat Givat Zeev is seen, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 19, 2020. (Reuters)
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A Palestinian official said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not find a single Palestinian to negotiate with over the annexation plan or after its implementation.

“Annexing an inch of our land means that the political settlement died under the annexation tank chains,” member of Fatah Movement Central Committee and the head of the Civil Affairs Authority, Hussein al-Sheikh, warned on Monday.

“[Netanyahu] will remain an occupying power rejected by the Palestinian, regional and international consensus,” he added.

Sheikh was responding to Netanyahu’s statements about the annexation plan and his readiness to hold negotiations with the Palestinian Authority over it.

“I urge the Palestinians not to miss another opportunity, and not to waste another hundred years trying to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said during a virtual conference.

“They should embrace Trump's vision. They should sit down and negotiate in good faith, and they should prepare to negotiate a historic settlement that can bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians alike,” the prime minister added.

Netanyahu’s announcement that he was ready for negotiations came amid internal Israeli disputes and with the United States over the annexation mechanism. Israel is supposed to start annexing parts of the West Bank early next month.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stressed that Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank was “illegal” and that “its shockwaves will last for decades.”

In comments to AFP, she said: “Annexation is illegal. Period… Any annexation. Whether it is 30 percent of the West Bank, or five percent,” urging Israel to “listen to its own former senior officials and generals, as well as to the multitude of voices around the world, warning it not to proceed along this dangerous path.”

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