Abbas slams Israeli Likud decision to annex settlements in West Bank

A Palestinian runs from tear gas during clashes in al Fawwar refugee camp in December last year. Clashes erupted as ongoing protests were held against president Trump's announcement he is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Abed Al Hashlamoun

Abbas slams Israeli Likud decision to annex settlements in West Bank

In press comments issued on Sunday, Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem said Benjamin Netanyahu's party's plan to annex the West Bank reveals that US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel has encouraged the Zionist regime of Israel to implement its racist polices.

The Likud central committee backed a resolution urging Israel to extend sovereignty over all settlement areas in the West Bank and called for unlimited settlement construction.

The central committee is only an advisory body, and Sunday's vote did not reflect an official policy change. "Instead, our central committee should call for the annexation of all (Israeli) territories to the state of Palestine."Respected Palestinian journalist Mohammed Daraghmeh wrote on his Facebook page that the modern Palestinian national movement, both in its secular and Islamic forms, has reached a dead end".

Most of the global community considers the settlements illegal under worldwide law, a position Israel disputes.

"We hope that this vote serves as a reminder for the worldwide community that the Israeli government, with the full support of the USA administration, is not interested in a just and lasting peace", Abbas remarked. "And to my joy, US President Trump is sitting in the White House and does not accept this mistaken concept".

Abbas said in a statement published on the official Palestinian news agency (WAFA) the he will be considering important decisions to hold Israel accountable for its violations of worldwide laws. Last Thursday, the Palestinians submitted forms to join 22 different worldwide organizations and agreements.

"This will make us hold more tightly on to our people's rights and the option of resistance to confront and abort these projects", Barhoum said in a statement.

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