Palestinian official calls for int’l coalition to halt Israeli annexation plans

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RAMALLAH, April 11 (Xinhua) — A senior Palestinian official called on Saturday on the international community to form a coalition to prevent Israel from executing its plans of annexing occupied territories in the West Bank.

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee said in a press statement that “the Israeli plans will have destructive consequences on stability, peace and security in the region.”

Erekat’s remarks were made during a telephone conversation with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Luxemburg Jean Asselborn on Saturday, according to Erekat’s press statement.

“The fate of the peace process in the region is threatened due to the unilateral Israeli measures,” said Erekat, referring to the peace talks with Israel that had stopped in 2014.

The senior PLO official accused Israel of escalating settlement expansion “without anyone in the world that halts it,” adding “Israel neglects all international resolutions that called for ending Israel settlement.”

Meanwhile, the PLO-run National Office of Defending Land and Resisting Settlement unveiled in a press statement that the United States and Israel are very close to agreeing on the maps of annexing Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

“Israel and the American administration are exploiting the busyness of the world in combating COVID-19 pandemic by expanding settlements and preparing for annexing occupied territories in the West Bank,” said the statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and head of Blue and White party Benny Gantz have agreed to impose Israeli sovereignty on parts of the West Bank next month, according to Israel Radio.

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