Netanyahu proposals dangerous: Abbas adviser

Nabil Shaath, Adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas.
Updated 12 September 2019

Netanyahu proposals dangerous: Abbas adviser

  • Israeli PM says will annex Jordan Valley after upcoming elections

JERUSALEM: Nabil Shaath, senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has said it would be a mistake to belittle suggestions Israel could take control of new areas in the West Bank. On Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped to annex the Jordan Valley and land north of the Dead Sea following upcoming elections, should he be able to form a government.
“It would be a mistake to look at this only as electioneering,” Shaath said in an exclusive interview with Arab News. “While this is not new to Netanyahu it is important to know that he is not different from his opponents, he is simply pushing the Zionist ideology with support from the Trump administration.”
Shaath explained that what Netanyahu is proposing is the heart of Zionist ideology: “They want the land without the people.”
The Palestinian president, and other senior Palestinian, Arab and international leaders have denounced Netanyahu and his pledge to annex the Jordan Valley.
“All signed agreements with Israel will have to end, if Israeli sovereignty is applied over the Jordan Valley, the northern part of the Dead Sea or any part of the occupied Palestinian territories,” Abbas said, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.


Senior PLO official has called for major unified efforts to stand up to the latest Israeli annexation threats.

Shaath, a former foreign minister, told Arab News that Israel required a strong response. “We need a unified effort and effective strategy. We need the Arab world, Muslim countries, Europe and others to stand with us to stop this effort destroying the two-state solution.”
Ghassan Khatib, director of the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC), said that Palestinian support for the two-state solution was down — just 39.3 percent of respondents to a recent JMCC poll considered it a viable solution, with people in Gaza (46.4 percent) more optimistic than those in the West Bank (34.5 percent).
Furthermore, 28.8 percent said they preferred a bi-national state over all of historical Palestine.
“In Gaza, where there are no (Israeli) settlements, there is higher support for the two-state solution whereas in the West Bank Palestinians see the dangers that the settlements pose,” Khatib told Arab News.
“If this threat if executed, there will be more distancing between the two sides. Israelis and Palestinians will pay the price for this policy because it will become a de facto apartheid situation.”

Arab nations send food, medical supplies to disaster-hit Lebanon

Updated 09 August 2020

Arab nations send food, medical supplies to disaster-hit Lebanon

  • Saudi Arabia at the forefront of an international relief air bridge for Lebanon

DUBAI: Arab nations are rushing to provide humanitarian relief to disaster-hit Lebanon, delivering planeloads of food and medical supplies to aid those affected by the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday.

The devastating blast, thought to be caused by a stockpile of ammonium nitrate unsafely stored in a port warehouse, left a trail of damage over much of the capital and killed more than 150 people and injured thousands of others.

A UAE transport plane carrying 40 metric tons of critical medicine and food items, as well as nutritional supplements for children, arrived in the Lebanese capital as part of the assistance being implemented by the Emirates Red Crescent.

“A comprehensive phased humanitarian plan has been put in place in response to the crisis, and during this stage the focus is laid on providing medical supplies in support of the Lebanese health facilities under the current tough circumstances to help them respond to the needs of the large number of victims,” Dr Mohammed Atiq Al-Falahi, the ERC Secretary General, said in a report from state news agency WAM.

Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of an international relief air bridge, with about 200 tons of medical and emergency supplies so far delivered by the three aircraft dispatched to Lebanon.

Egypt has dispatched a second military plane to Lebanon, loaded with large quantities of medical supplies and food.

Two aircraft from Kuwait laden with medical supplies and food have arrived at Beirut’s international airport as part of the ongoing aid efforts to help Lebanon.

“We have just received two Kuwaiti planes carrying emergency aid,” on instructions of the Kuwait leadership, embassy advisor Abdullah Al-Shaheen said, and added that support will continue “in this time of adversity.”