Netanyahu proposals dangerous: Abbas adviser

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

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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.”


Nine suspected militants killed in Egypt: ministry

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Nine suspected militants killed in Egypt: ministry

  • Police raids in Cairo targeted hideouts of “terrorist elements”
  • Those killed included “a commander of the Liwa Al-Thawra” extremist group

CAIRO: Nine suspected extremists including a commander have been killed in shootouts with police in suburbs of the Egyptian capital, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
Police raids to the east and south of Cairo targeted hideouts of “terrorist elements,” it said in a statement.
Those killed included “a commander of the Liwa Al-Thawra” extremist group, it added.
The Liwa Al-Thawra movement appeared in 2016 and has since claimed deadly attacks against the police and the Egyptian army.
Almost nine years after the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, security remains a chief concern in Egypt.
Hundreds of security personnel have died in an escalation of attacks since the military overthrow of Islamist president Muhammad Mursi in 2013.
That ouster was led by then army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who became president after 2014 polls and secured re-election last year with an official 97 percent of the vote.
In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against extremists, focused mainly on North Sinai, where the Daesh extremist group has a significant presence.
The authorities say some 650 suspected extremists and around 50 soldiers have been killed since.