Iran Raps Netanyahu’s Pledge to Annex Parts of West Bank
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi strongly condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sinister plan to annex parts of the West Bank to the occupied territories.
“While certain Arab countries, who claim to be leading the Arab world, are dealing with marginal issues, are busy with war and fratricide in Yemen under the aegis of supporters of the Quds-occupying regime, have formed a friendship with the Zionist regime, and have allied themselves with Netanyahu, the infanticidal regime has been given an opportunity to publicize its evil intentions,” Mousavi said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Netanyahu is seeking to win votes for staying in power and proceeding with expansionism and aggression by making allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran one day, and expressing his sinister intention to annex more parts of Palestine the other day,” Mousavi said, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.
The spokesman also pointed to an upcoming session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran would support any collective action by Muslim countries to prevent the continuation of acts of aggression and expansionism of the regime that has usurped Palestine.”
On Tuesday, Netanyahu promised to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he wins next week’s general election, drawing sharp criticism from Muslim and Arab countries as well as the EU and others.
The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30 percent of the West Bank. Some 65,000 Palestinians and about 11,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in the area.