If Israel annexes “even a single centimeter” of land in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Authority will consider itself no longer bound by any of the agreements it has signed with Israel or the United States, said P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas last week.
In an address posted to Palestine TV’s Facebook page, Abbas said that there is no agreement on the source of the coronavirus pandemic and that no serious effort is being made to find a vaccine or treatment for it. He added that in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the P.A. has also had to deal with the U.S. administration’s peace plan and the potential Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria.
“The Israelis still haven’t officially declared the annexation of the Jordan Valley, of the Dead Sea, of the settlements, and of the Cave of the Patriarchs,” said Abbas, adding, “They are now focusing—and I am saying this with the press present—the Israeli government is now focusing on the Cave of the Patriarchs. They want to take a few square meters to do something.”
This, said the P.A. leader, would be considered “the beginning of the annexation.”
“Therefore, if Israel announces that it plans to annex even a single centimeter of the Cave of the Patriarchs, the settlements, or the Jordan River, we will consider ourselves to be no longer bound by all the agreements that we have signed with them and with the Americans. Why the Americans? Because they are the ones who brought the ‘deal of the century’ and they are the ones who inspired the Israelis with the annexation. They are the ones who pushed them towards this.”
The United States, said Abbas, could not claim that it is Israel calling all the shots. Continue Reading….