Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

Jerusalem - US Ambassador Says Israel Can Retain Parts Of West Bank; Palestinians Protest

Published on: June 10, 2019 10:30 PM
By: Reuters
Change text size Text Size  
FILE - In this March 26, 2019 file photo, United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks at the 2019 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, in Washington. APFILE - In this March 26, 2019 file photo, United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks at the 2019 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, in Washington. AP

Jerusalem - The Palestinian foreign minister said on Monday that comments by the U.S. ambassador to Israel were intended to help Israel annex parts of the occupied West Bank, underscoring the Palestinians’ distrust of the Trump administration.

The New York Times on Saturday quoted ambassador David Friedman as saying that under certain circumstances, Israel had the right to retain some of the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in April he intended to annex Jewish settlements built on land the Palestinians hope will form part of an eventual independent state.

Advertisement:

“It seems that Friedman with his statement is trying to help Netanyahu to have the courage to take such a decision,” Riyad al-Maliki said during a visit to Warsaw.

“This is really something that the international community has to stand up, has to respond,” he said.

The United Nations and most countries view Israeli settlements in the West Bank, territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war, as illegal. Israel has expanded its settlements while a peace process aimed at resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict has been stalemated.

The White House will present the first part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s separate peace plan when it holds an international conference in Bahrain in late June to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials have rebuked the U.S. effort, which they believe will be heavily biased in favor of Israel.

The Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 and Palestinians have seen cuts in U.S. funding that have contributed to their economic distress in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials did not attend a Middle East peace conference organized in Warsaw in February.

“We do trust Poland…but we cannot trust the current U.S. administration after what it did against the Palestinians,” al-Maliki said.

Al-Maliki said economic issues were not the Palestinians most important concern and focusing on them would not help to bring peace.

“We have said it many times, that all the money in the world, if it is being put to us in exchange for giving up on our right to Jerusalem as our capital or the right to establish our independent Palestinian state, we will choose the second and not the first.”



More of today's headlines

Mexico City - Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, the two countries appear... Jerusalem - The Israeli military says naval forces boarded a cargo ship off the coast that had been set on fire. The military says it was alerted early Sunday to an...

 

Total3

Read Comments (3)  —  Post Yours »

1

 Jun 10, 2019 at 11:02 PM hashomer Says:

Ah shtetl shul Gabbai Reb Duvid fridmon won’t miss an opportunity to agitate the Arabs. Feh.

2

 Jun 11, 2019 at 11:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Yes Mr Friedman. Just keep up ur riling of antisemitism on our Jewish brethren in EY and then say the Arab did it.
Shut up and go away as your a danger for klal yisroel!

3

 Jun 11, 2019 at 10:17 PM Haimov Says:

He thinks to buy out arabs as he was buying out rent stabilized tenants

4

Sign-in to post a comment

Click here to sign-in.

Scroll Up
Advertisements:
Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!