PA official urges UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-12 01:41:31|Editor: yan
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RAMALLAH, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- A senior Palestinian official on Wednesday called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to impose sanctions on Israel following the remarks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he intends to annex the Jordan Valley, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of the West Bank, once he is re-elected as a prime minister in the parliamentary elections to be held in Israel on September 17.

Reyad al-Malki, the minister of foreign affairs in the Palestinian Authority (PA), made the call to the UNSC during a meeting with his counterpart of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn in Ramallah.

"Netanyahu's declaration is an exploitation of elections for the purpose of deepening settlement and Judaization in the occupied Palestinian territory," said al-Malki.

He added that "this is a clear disregard to the resolutions of the United Nations and its institutions, and the countries that are keen to achieve peace, in accordance with the principle of a two-state solution."

Meanwhile, Asselborn rejected Netanyahu's remarks and considered it "unacceptable and violates the international laws and resolutions.

"The declaration (of Netanyahu) is a move that shows that Netanyahu has no real intention towards a two-state solution, and will lead to the destruction and termination of the peace process in the Middle East," said Asselborn.

He added that the Israeli government's policy of imposing facts on the ground and harming the unarmed Palestinians is unacceptable.