The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Ramallah
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said on Saturday that the Palestinian side is continuing its efforts to join international organizations and treaties and will not be deterred by anyone.
In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threats after the Palestinian Authority’s acceptance of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on Wednesday, al-Maliki said the Palestinian side “is moving quietly and within controls and in accordance with plans to be adopted and working on.”
“We look forward to the existence of opportunities for Palestine to join international organizations, conventions and treaties,” he said, pointing out that joining these organizations confirm the strength and strength of the legal and legal personality of the State of Palestine.
He pointed out that the Palestinian people will hear in the coming months that the State of Palestine has become a member or signed an agreement or treaty, and this is part of the strategy that we are working on it clearly.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu said he would accept the Palestinian request at Interpol, saying that the practices of the Palestinian leadership in recent days were seriously damaging the chances for peace.
Netanyahu threatened, according to what was posted on his facebook page, that “the Palestinian diplomatic war will not go unnoticed.”
Maliki said that sending the UN Human Rights Council warnings to dozens of companies in Israel and the world by entering the “black list” being active in the settlements on the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan, “a very important step.”
“The blacklist is the beginning of something bigger that can be extracted from UN organizations after we become members of it, so we must have a long way to follow and insist on these positions so that we can impose the agenda on the international community,” he said.
Al-Maliki said sending the warnings “is a signal to Israel that it will lose a lot in this diplomatic and legal battle, so there may be internal Israeli pressure on the Israeli government to engage more quickly in the negotiating process with the Palestinian side.”
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently reported that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein began two weeks ago by sending warning letters to 150 companies in Israel and the world warning them to include them in the “black list” of companies operating in settlements built on The occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.
According to the newspaper, “because of the activity of these companies in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could be included in the list of companies that are operating contrary to international law and the resolutions of the United Nations, which the United Nations is working on.”
This came as a result of the adoption by the United Nations High Council for Human Rights in March last year of a draft resolution submitted by the Palestinian Authority and Arab countries under which the High Commissioner would draw up a list of Israeli and international companies that are active directly or indirectly in settlements on the West Bank, Including Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan.
Al-Maliki said that the Palestinian leadership is considering a step towards the remarks made by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, in which he said that Israel occupies only 2 percent of the West Bank and that the settlements and its expansions are part of Israel’s territory.
Maliki called on the US administration to “take measures against its settler ambassador and prevent him from making statements that would harm the efforts that he is trying to make to revive and revive the political negotiation process between Palestine and Israel.”
“It was always supposed to be an idea of expansion in the West Bank, but not necessarily expansion throughout the West Bank,” Friedman said in an interview with Israel’s Walla news website. “I think that’s exactly what Israel did, They occupy only 2 per cent of the West Bank. ”
Palestinian officials have already criticized the US ambassador to Israel for visiting an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
Source:The Gaza Post