PLO: Israel, US Committing ‘Land Theft’ in Occupied West Bank

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A top Palestinian official stressed that Israel is committing “land theft” in the occupied territories as zionist rabid dog Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the “complicity” of the US government is trying to pass a legislation that would effectively annex West Bank settlements.

“Netanyahu’s latest statement… confirms US complicity with Israeli colonial plans,” Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Monday, denouncing the Israeli moves as “land theft”, Middle East News reported.

Responding to Prime Minister’s reported comments, the senior Palestinian official stressed that the statements confirmed “Israel’s commitment to apartheid”.

Erekat stressed that any unilateral moves to annex Palestinian land would violate their right to self-determination and independence.

“This is a confirmation that final status issues are being unilaterally decided upon by Israel in coordination with the US administration,” Erekat added in a statement.

The US has also dismissed reported discussions between Israeli Prime Minister and Washington officials over plans to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

“Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false,” White House Spokesman Josh Raffel, said late on Monday, adding that “The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal.”

Raffel stressed that the “focus remains squarely” on US President Donald Trump’s “Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative”.

The Israeli Prime Minister was quoted as telling a meeting of Likud legislators that “On the subject of applying sovereignty, I can say that I have been talking to the Americans about it for some time.”

Netanyahu’s office later sought to clarify what was discussed, saying in a statement the Prime Minister “updated the Americans on the initiatives being raised in the Knesset”.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built illegally since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The continued expansion of Israeli settlements is one of the major obstacles to the establishment of peace in the Middle East.

In recent months, Tel Aviv has stepped up its settlement construction activities in the occupied Palestinian lands in a blatant violation of international law and in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.

European nations and the United Nations, among others, maintain their strong opposition to settlement building in the Palestinian territories.

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