RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas has warned that the Zionist regime’s annexations in the occupied West Bank would spell the end of all coordination, as international opposition to the plans grows.
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday became the latest high-profile figure to oppose Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to apply the occupying regime’s so-called ‘sovereignty’ to illegal settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley, which makes up around 30 percent of the West Bank.
Palestinians say any annexation would put an end to their hopes of an independent state.
In a speech late Tuesday, Abbas said the annexation plans showed the Zionist regime was no longer abiding by accords between the two.
As such, he said, the Palestinian government was "absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones.”
Abbas did not go into detail about the implications of such a step but it is his strongest card as he seeks to pressure the Zionist regime to hold back.
An end to security coordination could jeopardize the relative calm in the West Bank, where 2.7 million Palestinians live alongside more than 400,000 Zionist settlers.
Meanwhile, Turkey today called on the international community to condemn the Zionist regime’s plan to annex the West Bank.
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the occupation and annexation are crimes, calling on the world to take a stand.
"We reject Israel’s plan to annex the West Bank and call for the world to take a stand against it. Occupation and annexation is a crime,” Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.
Kalin said Turkey is ready to cooperate with authorities who are willing to take action against the occupation and annexation of Palestinian land.
The annexation of 30 percent of Area C of the West Bank – including all the settlements therein – could begin to move forward as early as 1 July, under the terms of the coalition agreement signed last week between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz.
The annexation comes as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called "deal of the century” plan, which was announced in January.