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State of Palestine: Netanyahu's annexation pledge 'electoral propaganda' - Hamas spokesman

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza City
September 11, 2019 at 13:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ruptly that Israeli Prime Minister's pledge to annex Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank was 'electoral propaganda'.

"The Palestinian rights and the Palestinian land have become the framework of the Israeli electoral propaganda. Therefore nothing will change the fact that Palestine is for the Palestinian people," said Barhoum during an interview in Gaza City on Wednesday.

During his speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would annex the territory if he is re-elected in a poll next week.

"If the Palestinian position as well as the regional and international opinion approves this status quo, it [Israel] may dare to make further such decisions, which are aspects of the 'Deal of the Century' in the context of suspicious international silence that encouraged the occupation and Netanyahu to encroach on the Palestinian people and their holy sites on the ground," added Barhoum.

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea - which are currently under Israeli occupation - amount to nearly 30 percent of West Bank.

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Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ruptly that Israeli Prime Minister's pledge to annex Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank was 'electoral propaganda'.

"The Palestinian rights and the Palestinian land have become the framework of the Israeli electoral propaganda. Therefore nothing will change the fact that Palestine is for the Palestinian people," said Barhoum during an interview in Gaza City on Wednesday.

During his speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he would annex the territory if he is re-elected in a poll next week.

"If the Palestinian position as well as the regional and international opinion approves this status quo, it [Israel] may dare to make further such decisions, which are aspects of the 'Deal of the Century' in the context of suspicious international silence that encouraged the occupation and Netanyahu to encroach on the Palestinian people and their holy sites on the ground," added Barhoum.

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea - which are currently under Israeli occupation - amount to nearly 30 percent of West Bank.

W/S Fawzi Barhoum taking seat, Gaza City

SOT, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman (Arabic): "This announcement comes within the framework of the Israeli electoral bid so the Palestinian rights and the Palestinian land have become the framework of the Israeli electoral propaganda. Therefore nothing will change the fact that Palestine is for the Palestinian people. However, the absence of a unified Palestinian position and attempts to accept the occupation in the Arab region as well as the failure of the Palestinian Authority to take deterrent steps to isolate the Israeli occupation, to boycott and to end all agreements between the PA and Israel have encouraged Netanyahu to make such statements."

C/U Fawzi Barhoum's hands

SOT, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman (Arabic): "But if the Palestinian position as well as the regional and international opinion approves this status quo, it [Israel] may dare to make further such decisions, which are aspects of the 'Deal of the Century' in the context of suspicious international silence that encouraged the occupation and Netanyahu to encroach on the Palestinian people and their holy sites on the ground."

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SOT, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman (Arabic): "The Palestinian resistance will not allow Israel to decide the destiny of the Palestinian people, of our land and of our rights within the framework of Israel's electoral propaganda, It is our legitimate right to defend our people, our sanctities, our land and our rights. To face all the challenges, we need a unified Palestinian strategy."

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SOT, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza City (Arabic): "One or another Zionist leader don't make any difference for us. If he wins the election, it's because there is extremist Israeli mentality that is set to attack the Palestinian people. It also seeks the establishment of a major Israeli state that is a threat to Palestine and to the whole region. There must be a good Palestinian, Arab and Islamic position based on common options for us to face all challenges, including Israel's mindset and plotting."

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M/S Fawzi Barhoum at the table

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