PA: Recognition of Palestine will thwart annexation

PA cabinet leader calls on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine and thus help thwart Israel's "annexation plan."

Dalit Halevi ,

Mohammad Shtayyeh
Mohammad Shtayyeh

Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammad Shtayyeh claimed on Monday that "Israel is not interested in a two-state solution or a one-state solution and therefore the discourse in Israel is not on the issue of annexation, but on the nature and size of the territory that will be annexed from the Palestinian lands."

Speaking during a conference call with about 40 British MPs, journalists and civil society representatives, Shtayyeh said that Israel is striving to topple the PA with the steps it is taking.

He noted that "the annexation plan poses an existential threat to the Palestinian people and a threat to regional security."

He called on the British government to adopt the decision of the British Parliament calling for recognition of the “State of Palestine” in order to prevent Israel from implementing a move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Shtayyeh also urged the European Parliament to impose sanctions on Israel, including boycotting “settlement products”, avoiding recognition of universities in Judea and Samaria and prohibiting European citizens from staying and working in “settlements.”

The PA is outraged over the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government can apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria as soon as this Wednesday, July 1.

Shtayyeh insists that recognition of the “State of Palestine” by European states is important to maintain the two-state solution and to fight the Israeli annexation plan.

Palestinian Arab officials have for years been pressuring countries to officially recognize “Palestine”, in a move meant to bypass direct peace talks with Israel.