In response to Bennett’s statements, a Palestinian official: Our state does not wait for his approval, and the United Nations affirms its adherence to the two-state solution
Yesterday, Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s statements rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state are “hostile to peace”, while the United Nations stressed its commitment to achieving the principle of a Palestinian and Israeli “two-state solution”.
In a statement, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Bennett continues to rebel against the signed agreements, and that his anti-peace statements support the extremist settlers’ attacks and crimes against Palestinian citizens.
The ministry added that Bennett does not miss any opportunity to express his obscurantist ideology and his anti-peace positions calling for the consolidation of occupation and settlement, which not only rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, but also any political process with the Palestinians.
In turn, Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority and a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that the establishment of a Palestinian state is inevitable, and does not wait for approval from the Israeli prime minister.
The Sheikh added – in a tweet on his Twitter account – that the departure of the occupation and the establishment of the State of Palestine will not wait for Bennett’s approval, because it is a historical inevitability.
He added that Bennett should know that the number of countries in the world that recognize the State of Palestine is greater than the number of countries recognizing Israel.
As for Hamas political bureau member Izzat al-Rishq, he said that the Palestinian state is “extracted and not begged”, stressing that Bennett’s statements that he does not allow any talks that lead to a Palestinian state, “reveal once again the reality of this enemy and its war against our land and people.”
Al-Rishq considered Bennett’s statements a “slap” to those he described as panting behind the mirage of absurd negotiations.
In this context, the United Nations stressed – on Friday – its continued commitment to achieving the principle of the “two-state solution”, Palestinian and Israeli.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said that the only thing that can be said here is that the United Nations has worked and will continue to work on the basis of a two-state solution: Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side in peace and security.
He added in a press conference at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York, “We are used to hearing different things from different personalities and parties over the years, but we continue to adhere to the two-state solution, because we believe that it is the only realistic way to solve the problems facing both sides.”
And on Thursday, Bennett told Israeli media that he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying, “As long as I am the prime minister, there will be no implementation of the Oslo agreement.”
Bennett added that he would not allow political negotiations to take place, and that he was not ready to meet with any of the leaders of the Palestinian Authority.
Bennett added that Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz “do not have the authority to act on the political issue”, in their meetings with Palestinian officials.
Recently, Gantz met twice with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Lapid met with Hussein al-Sheikh.
The Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel signed the Oslo Accords in 1993, which resulted in the formation of a Palestinian Transitional Self-Government Authority (the National Authority), and an elected Legislative Council for the Palestinians, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, for a transitional period not exceeding 5 years.
According to the agreement, the transitional period was supposed to witness negotiations between the two sides, with the aim of reaching a permanent settlement on the basis of Security Council Resolutions No. 242 (the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories in 1967) and 338 (the adoption of the principles of a just peace in the Middle East). ), which was not done in light of Palestinian accusations against Israel of obstructing the implementation of the agreement.
Since April 2014, negotiations between the two sides have been suspended due to Tel Aviv’s refusal to stop settlements, release old detainees, and repudiate the two-state solution.