Pan-Islamic body denounces Israeli sovereignty plan

Organization of Islamic Cooperation says Israeli sovereignty plan is a "serious escalation" which threatens the peace process.

Elad Benari ,

Jordan Valley
Jordan Valley

Israel's plans to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria mark a "serious escalation" that threatens the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said Wednesday, according to AFP.

Following a virtual meeting of OIC foreign ministers, the pan-Islamic body said it "warns against the dangerous intention of Israel".

The sovereignty plan amounts to "an official declaration by Israel of revocation of all its signed agreements" and "a serious escalation of its colonial policies and measures", the OIC said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan reiterated the move would represent a "dangerous escalation" that threatens the chances of resuming the peace process.

The coalition agreement between Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government can apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in July, has caused an uproar in the Arab world.

Saudi Arabia several weeks ago condemned Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, saying it “denounces any unilateral actions, and any violations of internationally- sanctioned resolutions or any measures that might undermine the chances of resuming the peace process to achieve security and stability in the region.”

However, Saudi journalist Abd-al-Hamid al-Ghabin has said that the PA and the Arab world have run out of negotiation tools and should agree to the US “Deal of the Century” which stipulates that Israel could apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria while a Palestinian state would eventually be created.

In response to Israel’s sovereignty move, PA chairman Abbas announced recently that the PA was no longer bound by the agreements it signed with Israel and the US, including the security coordination with Israel.

A report on Sunday indicated that the PA has taken its battle against the sovereignty plan to the United Nations, seeking official condemnation by the international body against the Jewish state.