A Palestinian welcome to the Security Council´s unanimous approval of a Belgian proposal supporting "a two-state solution"

 Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization welcomed Dr. Saeb Erekat submitted the proposal submitted by Belgium, the President of the UN Security Council, and obtained the unanimity of its members, including the United States of America, who stressed support for the two-state solution, based on previous relevant United Nations resolutions consistent with international law.

Erekat said in a statement yesterday evening that the proposal is a response to | the Israeli government’s announcement of its decision to build thousands of settlement units in the occupied East Jerusalem, including its announcement today of the decision to build 3,500 settlement units in E1 area.

He stressed that the Israeli announcement not only destroys the possibility of preserving the two-state option, but also destroys the credibility of the members of the Security Council, as the announcement of building a settlement in E1 was considered an Israeli response to the statement of the members of the Security Council, especially since the international community prevented Israel from building this settlement over the course of The past two decades.

Erekat called on the Security Council and members of the International Quartet to convene a full-fledged international conference based on the foundations and pillars of international law and international legitimacy and specific references and the Arab peace initiative in a manner that guarantees the end of the Israeli occupation and the embodiment of the independence of the state of Palestine with its capital East Jerusalem to live alongside the State of Israel on the 1967 borders, and resolve issues All final status, on top of which is the issue of refugees and prisoners, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions.

He stressed that every settlement colonial stone amounts to a war crime, stressing that the State of Palestine has submitted an official referral to the International Criminal Court, on Israeli colonial settlement, and continues to provide everything the Israeli government does in this regard.

Erekat expressed his confidence in the imminent opening of a judicial investigation with Israeli officials on settlement and other war crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also welcomed, today, the proposal submitted by Belgium, the President of the United Nations Security Council, and obtained the unanimity of its members, including the United States of America, who stressed support for the two-state solution Palestine and Israel, based on previous relevant United Nations resolutions in accordance with international law.

The Foreign Ministry considered in a press statement that this proposal reflects the international consensus that adheres to the peace process based on the two-state solution based on international legitimacy resolutions and relevant United Nations resolutions, which affirms most of our people's right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967, With its capital, East Jerusalem.

She hoped that America's approval of this proposal would be an indication that she had begun reviewing herself on the "Deal of the Century", which she presented with all the violations in it of international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions.

On Monday, the Security Council reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in its first statement after the unveiling of the US plan known as the "Deal of the Century" on January 28.

The statement drafted by Belgium, which holds the rotating presidency for the month of February 2020, said, "Council members have reiterated their support for a two-state solution through negotiation ... where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders", with the support of All other fourteen members, including the United States.

"All parties must refrain from undermining the validity of the two-state solution in order to preserve the prospects for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace," the statement added, referring to Israel's recently announced intention to build thousands of settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Council also stressed "the need to make collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues" and expressed "grave concern over acts of violence against civilians."

The statement came amid a heightened tension between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation forces, as the Palestinian "Islamic Jihad" movement responded with missile strikes against Israel after the Israeli occupation authorities assassinated three of its members in the besieged Gaza Strip as well as in the Syrian territories.

On Thursday 20 February 2020, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build 3,000 new Jewish settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem (in the “Givat Hamatos” settlement), in addition to 2,200 other housing units in the Jabal Abu Ghneim settlement (Har Homa).

It is noteworthy that the settlement "Psagot" near the city of Ramallah produced a wine last week in the name of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in appreciation of his efforts in declaring that the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories "do not contradict international law" on November 18, 2019, and in defiance of the European Union, which was considered It is illegal and a war crime.

The Palestinian endeavors on the 10th and 11th of this month in collecting the required support in the Security Council to condemn the US President's "Deal of the Century" plan failed, as the draft resolution was withdrawn after Tunisia, a member of the Arab Group in the Security Council, recalled its ambassador Al-Bafti Al-Ba’ati on February 6, And permanently after being exposed to a lot of American pressure.

The draft resolution was supposed to be put in blue on February 9 to be presented to the vote on February 11, the day President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Security Council denouncing Trump's plan, and announced that it represented a abandonment of international council decisions on a two-state solution, and aimed at liquidating the Palestinian issue.

The majority of the international community considers the "Deal of the Century" plan a totally biased plan for Israel, and it destroys peace chances on the basis of a two-state solution.

It is noteworthy that the Security Council statement that was approved by all fifteen members of the Council, including the United States, did not mention Trump's plan or include any indication of the leadership of the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders. But the statement expressed the council's support for a "two-state negotiated solution It is necessary, "recalling previous relevant UN resolutions, and in accordance with international law, where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace, and in a safe, recognized border.


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