WEST BANK (Dispatches) – An adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that a third intifada (uprising) could be just around the corner if the Zionist regime goes ahead with its highly-contentious plan to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Speaking to France 24 Arabic, Nabil Shaath said that the two major Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah, which are based in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank respectively, are in agreement about a new intifada if the Zionist regime annexes the West Bank.
"When things flare up and it becomes a fully-fledged intifada, we will see a combination of forces between Gaza and the West Bank,” he said.
Shaath also noted that he expected the potential Palestinian uprising to be funded by the Arab world.
The first intifada, which took place in 1987-1993, involved Palestinian demonstrations, mass boycotts and general strikes as well as attacks on Zionist troops using rocks, Molotov cocktails, and firearms.
The second intifada featured many more pitched gun battles and bombings. It began in 2000 and lasted until 2005, leaving 3,200 Palestinians and about 1,000 Zionists dead.
The occupying regime’s ruling coalition, led by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had announced July 1 as the date to begin moving forward with the scheme to impose "sovereignty” over about a third of the West Bank, including settlements and the fertile Jordan Valley.
The regime, however, failed to launch the land grab bid on the set date amid widening differences between Netanyahu and his coalition partner, minister of military affairs Benny Gantz.
The former Speaker of Knesset (the Zionist regime’s parliament), Abraham Borg, says U.S. President Donald Trump has halted the occupying regime’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
In an interview with Italian daily "Il Fatto Quotidiano”, Borg said Trump stopped the implementation of the annexation plan as "he doesn’t have time to help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in implementing the annexation of the West Bank and Jordan Valley”.
He described both Netanyahu and Trump as suffering from a "narcissistic paranoia, with no scrupulous and ethics who are ready to roll over anyone to save themselves and remain in power”.
When asked about another expected date for implementing the annexation plan, Borg said it is "very difficult, if not impossible, to set expectations to the annexation, because there is no transparency in this plan, no one knows its details.”
International law views both the West Bank and East al-Quds as "occupied territories” and considers all Zionist settlement-building activity there as illegal.
As the Zionist regime moves closer to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, solidarity in the Global South has been gaining momentum. Chile’s Telephone Tower was lighted with the Palestinian kefayah in support of the Palestinian people and rejection of the annexation plan.
Chile, the country with the largest population of Palestinians in Latin America, directed their gesture of support to the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.
Chile was not alone in its solidarity efforts; representatives from most Latin American countries signed a joint statement against the regime’s annexation plan. The document was released on 2 July by more than 320 public figures; among them former presidents, parliamentarians, ministers, academics and artists. They called upon the international community to impose effective counter measures against the Zionist regime, including targeted sanctions, ending trade ties and legal action.