The Palestinian Authority has censured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent vow to maintain military control over all of the West Bank, saying the remarks show the regime is not prepared for the resolution of the decades-long conflict with Palestinians.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, Netanyahu pledged that Israel will keep its grip on the West Bank in any cases.
“We seek peace with our neighbors, a real peace, a peace that will last for generations. That is why in any agreement — and without an agreement — we shall maintain security control over all the territory west of the Jordan River,” he said.
Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement on Tuesday that the remarks are destructive to crisis resolution efforts.
Netanyhau’s comments “seek to create a climate that makes the situation more complicated and are absolutely not aimed at supporting efforts for a solution,” Rudeina emphasized, noting, “They are a message to the US administration and to the international community that Israel is not ready to reach peace based on international law and resolutions.”
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry accused the Israeli premier of seeking to “to cut off the momentum of US and international efforts to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.”
The Israeli premier had made similar statements late last month.