Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the mind to go against the Oslo Accords, International Laws and Norms as well as the Charter of the United Nations to annex large parts of occupied West Bank if re-elected.
Netanyahu’s declaration has left many in the international community worried and fearing another war, for no reason. His pre-election declaration has already met with criticism from the Palestinians, Arab countries, UN and the EU. The latest to be added to the list is Moscow that feels that Netanyahu’s proposal could increase regional tensions.
There is no support for his assertion, just when Netanyahu has flown into Sochi (in Russia) for talks with the Russian president for support towards his pre-election arrangements.
The current Israeli’s PM has seems to have brushed aside the Oslo Accords conveniently. This was a set of peaceful and friendly agreements between Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) whose sole intent was to at fulfilling the ‘right of the Palestinian people to self-determination’, under the guidance of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. It was signed in the way back September 1993.
King Salman is known to have spoken to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and reiterated that Saudi Arabia continues to condemn and categorically reject the Israeli prime minister’s statement and assertion of annexing the parts of West Bank, an official statement released from the kingdom’s office to the media states.
The news is also out that King Salman has indeed asked for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers to discuss and confront Netanyahu’s declaration.
On his part, Palestine’s Foreign Ministry has moved to the UN Security Council asking them to impose sanctions on Israel. Currently, Israel continues to occupy 60 percent of the land where Palestinians reside something that is not recognized by other nations as a legitimate rule. Palestinian Foreign Ministry also wants Israel to be dissuaded from carrying out the annexation, and to hold it accountable for its grave breaches of international law.
The dynamics of Saudi Arabia vis-a-vis Palestinians is a mixed one.
On one side is the King who seeks to preserve the traditional pro-Palestinian stance of the Kingdom. On the other side is his son, the Crown Prince who is more interested in promoting a more pragmatic and reformist vision. Between a legitimist stance of the father and the hazardous ambitions of the son, Saudi Arabia probably doesn’t realize but it is playing a very risky and ambiguous game with the future of the Palestinians who continue to look for a way to restore balance and peace into their lives torn between the power tussle.