Abbas Contacts Arab Leaders to Confront Israel’s Annexation of West Bank Areas

The Israeli army destroyed water lines in the village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley last February 

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a round of phone conversations with Arab leaders to urge them to oppose Israel’s possible annexation of parts of the West Bank, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said.

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In a tweet, Erekat said that Abbas spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, the monarch of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the emir of Kuwait, Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah; and the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss “the Israeli plan of annexation and the need to prevent it.”

The leaders also talked about the spread of the novel coronavirus and “other regional and international developments,” Erekat wrote.

Palestinians fear that Israel will exploit the world’s distraction with the coronavirus pandemic to annex West Bank areas. The Palestine Liberation Organization recently warned against an agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv on the map of West Bank areas to be annexed to Israel. The organization said that Washington and Tel Aviv are close to finalizing the maps.

“Washington and Tel Aviv are about to agree on the maps of annexation – at a time the world is preoccupied with the war on coronavirus – falls within the framework of the US plan to implement the deal of the century,” Palestinian Authority Social Affairs Minister Ahmad Majdalani said.

The Israeli government is preparing through dialogue with the US administration and the international community to annex and impose its “sovereignty” over the Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead Sea on July 10.

READ : Israel exploits virus to grow settlements

Last Thursday, Erekat, also senior Palestinian negotiator in the conflict with Israel, tweeted that he had personally discussed the “consequences” of annexation with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, as well as Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a senior adviser to the Bahrain king.

The Palestinians have rejected the US peace plan as it allows Israel to annex settlements, grants the Jewish state sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and overriding security control west of the Jordan River, and bars Palestinian refugees from settling in Israel.

(Source / 14.04.2020) 

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