load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);WORLD / MID-EASTArab FMs reject US recognition of Israeli settlement, warn Israel against annexing Palestinian territoriesBy XinhuaPublished: Nov 26, 2019 11:29 AMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester in the West Bank village of Soreef near Hebron, on Nov. 22, 2019. (Xinhua/Mamoun Wazwaz) Arab foreign ministers rejected on Monday a recent US decision recognizing the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian, and warned Israel against annexing the Jordan Valley and parts of the occupied West Bank.Following a meeting at the Cairo-based Arab League, the Arab foreign ministers said in a joint resolution that the U.S. decision is void, illegal, baseless and violates the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions.On Nov. 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. government will no longer consider Israels West Bank settlements “inconsistent” with the international law, a move that may further dim the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.Pompeo said at a press conference that the decision, which reversed the Barrack Obama administrations position on the issue, had been made based on the “reality on the ground.”A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes, after a protest against the expanding of Jewish settlements in Kufr Qadoom village near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Nov. 15, 2019. (Xinhua/Ayman Nobani)After Pompeos statements, the Palestinian Authority asked the Arab League to hold an emergency ministerial-level meeting to discuss and defy the US position on Israeli settlements.Meanwhile, Arab ministers warned that the US move poses a real threat to regional and international security, peace and stability.They also said the U.S. decision is meant to legalize and support Israels settlement, “which may undermine the Arab peace initiative.”The foreign ministers warned against “exploiting the illegal cover provided by unilateral US decisions to encourage the Israeli government to ratify legislations aimed at annexing the Jordan Valley and parts of the occupied West Bank, intensifying settlement and Judaizing the occupied city of Jerusalem.”In September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex the Palestinian Jordan Valley and key parts of the occupied West Bank if re-elected.The ministers called for mobilizing Arab efforts and working with international partners to hold Israel accountable for its illegal settlement policy and practices.Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester in the West Bank village of Soreef near Hebron, on Nov. 22, 2019. (Xinhua/Mamoun Wazwaz)The resolution adopted by the ministers urged Arab efforts to approach the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and demand an investigation into the crime of Israeli settlement in accordance with the Rome Statute.After the meeting, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told a news conference that the Palestinian Authority would formally request Arab support for a meeting of the state parties to the Geneva Convention to hold Israel accountable for its actions against the Palestinians.According to the Geneva Convention, al-Maliki said, the signatory countries are obliged to deal with violations against the people under occupation.The US decision to legalize the settlements “is part of a war” the US government declared against the Palestinian people, he said, adding the recent US decision is the ninth anti-Palestine move taken by the United States since 2017.The Palestinian minister noted that the resolution adopted Monday by the Arab foreign ministers establishes a collective action led by Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul-Gheit to face and foil the US decision.Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli bulldozers while a Palestinian house under construction is demolished near the West Bank city of Hebron, on Nov. 19, 2019. (Xinhua/Mamoun Wazwaz) During the ministerial meeting, Aboul-Gheit described the US decision on Israeli settlement as a “very negative and regrettable shift in the American position.””What the US government has done after three years of unilateral moves and tremendous pressure on the Palestinians is ending its role as a peace mediator or reference,” he said.Israeli settlement activity is considered one of the major issues that caused the collapse of the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis in 2014.According to the latest Palestinian data, around 400,000 Israelis live in 135 settlements and 100 illegal outposts in the West Bank, where the Palestinian population has reached 2.6 million.  load_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1171208;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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