Palestine has condemned the Israeli government’s position of rejecting the two-state solution under Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
In a statement, the Palestinian foreign ministry said that the stance taken by Israel’s Premier Bennett and Israel’s Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman “is part of the unilateral Israeli measures that aim at liquidating the Palestinian cause.”
The statement said that the Israeli government’s real intention is “to hide their ambitions of expanding settlements on the lands of the state of Palestine” and to undermine any opportunity to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital by blaming the Palestinian leadership under false pretexts.
The statement accused Bennett of being “an enemy of peace”. It said, “He (Bennett) represents the stances of the settlers, their councils, and their organizations, which lead to incitement campaigns against the Palestinian people.”
“The Israeli incitement is a political war and an aggression against the Palestinian people, against their legitimate rights and against their leadership,” it said, adding that “this policy will have an impact on the process of solving the conflict.”
Palestinian foreign ministry called on the United Nations Security Council and the International Quartet, which comprises Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the UN, “to bear their legal and moral responsibilities towards the percussion of the Israeli political stances.”
The last direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians lasted 9 months before being stopped in 2014 following deep disagreements on Israeli settlement and the recognition of establishing a Palestinian state on the 1967 border.
Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are claimed by the Palestinians, in the 1967 Middle East war and has controlled them ever since. The Jewish settlements are considered a violation of international law by most of the international community.