JEDDAH (Rahnuma): Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex Jordan Valley as “a very dangerous escalation” that needs to be rejected by all countries and international organizations.
The controversial Netanyahu reaffirmed his pledge to impose Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements during a visit to an Israeli settlement last Sunday, saying there “will be no more displacements” and all the communities will be “part of the state of Israel.”
In a statement issued by the Royal Court, Saudi Arabia called for an emergency meeting for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers, “to discuss this issue, develop an urgent plan of action and review the attitudes towards Israel, to address this announcement and take the necessary measures.”
“Saudi Arabia condemns and categorically rejects the Israeli prime minister’s announcement that if he is re-elected next week, he will immediately annex a part of the 1967 occupied West Bank,” the statement said.
“The Saudi Kingdom also highlights that this announcements is a very dangerous escalation against the Palestinian people and constitutes a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, the principles of international law and state norms.
“It also considered that this announcement would undermine and throw away any efforts to achieve a fair and lasting peace because there is no peace without restoring the occupied Palestinian territories, with the Palestinian people enjoying their undiminished rights.”