Saudi Arabia rejects Netanyahu pledge to annex occupied West Bank’s land


JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday condemned and rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected on September 17.

“The Kingdom affirms that this declaration is a very dangerous escalation against the Palestinian people and represents a flagrant violation of the UN charter and the principles of international law,” Saudi Press Agency said, citing the royal court.

In light of this, Saudi Arabia called for an “emergency meeting” of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers to discuss this issue to develop an urgent plan of action in order to confront Netanyahu’s pledge, SPA added.

Saudi Arabia also called upon the international community to condemn and reject Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the Jordan Valley.

Palestinians immediately reacted to Netanyahu's statement by saying he was destroying any hopes for peace, while his electoral opponents accused him of a cynical play for right-wing nationalist votes with polls only a week away. SG