PA Foreign Ministry wonders if there is an Israel peace partner following Israeli elections, warns against “implementing the same policy… in everything concerning the settlements and Judaization”
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs wonders whether there is an Israeli peace partner following the election results”
“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates wondered whether there is an Israeli peace partner in light of the initial results of the Israeli elections, and in the shadow of our people’s suffering that has increased greatly in recent years as a result of the continuation of the occupation, the settlements, the escalation of the Judaization operations, the oppression, the arrests, and the wars, and as a result of the political leadership in Israel preferring to make the political solutions to the conflict disappear…
[The ministry] continued: ‘It is too early to get into the policy that the next [Israeli] coalition will implement regarding the peace process and the two-state solution. However, we warn against implementing the same policy of the previous governments and their steps in everything concerning the settlements and Judaization, whose goal is to destroy any chance of establishing a sustainable and sovereign Palestinian state with geographic contiguity.’
It again warned against the possibility that the next coalition in Israel will implement [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s election promises by applying Israeli law (i.e., sovereignty) to the settlement blocs and annexing most of the Palestinian territories that are defined as Area C (i.e., land under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords).
The ministry said that the Israeli election results force the Palestinian side to reexamine and reevaluate all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli relations…
It emphasized that the Israeli elections are an internal Israeli affair, but said that it thinks that the international community needs to respect and appreciate the Palestinian commitment to peace – which [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas emphasizes consistently from every stage – and that the international community and the forces that want peace and the two-state solution must act immediately and seriously in order to ensure the existence of a true Israeli peace partner.”