Palestine to prosecute Israel in int'l courts over Jordan Valley: PM

2019-09-17 03:02:17 GMT2019-09-17 11:02:17(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

RAMALLAH, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye said on Monday that his government is going to prosecute Israel at international courts for "exploiting Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley."

He also pointed out that there are 35 Jewish-only settlements in the Jordan Valley and the north of the Dead Sea, where some 9,000 settlers live.

 

"We will keep this fight against the occupation on the ground and in various international forums," Ishtaye said, adding that his government will continue to work to support the steadfastness of the Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley, which is considered "the fruit and vegetable basket of Palestine."

Ishtaye chaired the weekly meeting on Monday in the village of Fasayel in the northern Jordan Valley, stressing that the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea "are part and parcel of the geography of Palestine," therefore, "the plans to annex them to Israel is null and void."

The Palestinian government meeting was held in Fasayel one day after the Israeli government held a special cabinet meeting in the Jordan Valley and approved the previously unauthorized outpost of Mevo'ot Yeriho, near the Palestinian city of Jericho.

Outposts are built without official permits from the Israeli authorities and are deemed illegal also under Israeli law.

Under international law, all of the Israeli settlements are illegal, and have been considered one of the issues that hindered the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is running the electoral race as head of Likud party list, had previously promised to impose Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as part of his electoral campaign.

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