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OIC calls to prevent Israeli annexation plans

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation called on the international community to take urgent measures to prevent Israeli settlement plans in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The organization (comprising 57 countries) said in a statement on Thursday evening, “Any unilateral measures taken by Israel towards annexing Arab lands do not serve the peace process and are inconsistent with international legitimacy resolutions.”

The organization called on the international community, especially the United Nations and the UN Security Council, to “take practical and urgent measures to prevent the implementation of the colonial annexation and settlement plans.”

The organization stressed that a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, and achieving peace in the Middle East, would be through the Arab initiative on the basis of a two-state solution, the establishment of a state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the application of international legitimacy decisions.

OIC calls to prevent Israeli annexation plans

And on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while his government was sworn in before the Knesset (parliament), said it was time to annex settlements in the West Bank

In response, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday that the PLO and the State of Palestine have canceled all agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments, as well as all the obligations related to those understandings and agreements, including security.

Palestinian estimates indicate that the annexation will reach more than 30 percent of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians have repeatedly warned that the annexation would nullify the idea of a two-state solution (Palestinian and Israeli).

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