Arabs decry Israeli expansionist moves

By Om Ryong
Pyongyang Times

The 153rd foreign ministers' meeting of the senior council of the League of Arab States was held in Cairo on Mar 4.

The 153rd foreign ministers' meeting of the senior council of the League of Arab States, Cairo, Mar 4, 2020
The 153rd foreign ministers' meeting of the senior council of the League of Arab States, Cairo, Mar 4, 2020

The meeting discussed the matters of resolving disputes and crises in the Arab world so as to enhance the international prestige of the league and taking a collective counteraction against COVID-19. The participants unanimously raised critical voices against Israel’s invasion of holy lands including al-Quds.

Peace is indeed the strategic option of the Arab world, the foreign ministers said, calling on all capitals of Arab nations to establish sister-city relations with al-Quds.

Such repulsion of the Arab world can be viewed as a warning against the Israel's wild ambition for territorial expansion, which has recently become undisguised.

In the run-up to the national election in late February, just before the meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the government would resume the project for building some 3 500 blocks of houses in the area between the Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The area in question that links East Jerusalem annexed by Israel with the rest of the West Bank is politically sensitive though it covers only 12 square kilometres.

Therefore, Netanyahu's announcement aroused immediate opposition of Palestine.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Nabil Abu Rudeineh
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that Netanyahu's decision constitutes a challenge to the Feb 24 statement of the UN Security Council, which called for refraining from eliminating the practical possibility of the two states solution, adding he is complicating the matter.

In spite of such protests, the Israeli high-handedness and arbitrariness are getting ever more blatant.

The Jewish settlers assaulted some Palestinian villages in the northern part of the West Bank and such acts of aggression against Palestinians are getting more frequent.

Pundits comment that Israel has doubled the intensity of its offensive against Palestinians in the wake of the US' release of the "Mideast peace programme".

Palestine is making a strong protest against such moves, while appealing the international community to stop Israeli recklessness.

(Pyongyang Times - March 22, 2020)

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