According to him, building a dividing wall in Jerusalem means annexing the Palestinian territories. “We would like to express specific concerns about the Israeli government’s decision to approve a large-scale plan to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” he said during a press conference in Moscow.
“We are concerned that a number of new settlement projects include the construction of an additional section and separation wall in East Jerusalem. In essence, this means annexing the Palestinian territories in accordance with the so-called agreement of the century promoted by the United States government,” Zakharova said.
He stressed that the Palestinian problem remains acute, and its resolution will help develop a unifying agenda. “Based on mutual respect for the sovereign state and not interfering in each other’s affairs,” he explained. (Also read: China Missile Exercises, Taiwan Aircraft Refused to Enter Hong Kong)
On October 17, Israel agreed for this year to build 12,159 illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank and issued three military orders to seize some 2,700 hectares of the occupied Jordan Valley in the West Bank. (See Infographic: CN-235 PTDI Ready to Compete in Malaysian Patrol Aircraft Tender)
The move comes a month after the UAE and Bahrain agreed to pursue full diplomatic, cultural and commercial ties with Israel after signing a controversial US-sponsored agreement at the White House. (See Video: Not Only Street Names, UEA Will Soon Build President Jokowi’s Mosque)
Abu Dhabi and Manama argue their deal with Israel halts Israel’s annexation plans, which would take nearly 30% of the occupied West Bank.
However, on several occasions, Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, allowed the plan to be postponed, not stopped altogether.
The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is considered occupied territory under international law, making all Jewish settlements there illegal.
In 1967 Israel occupied most of the Palestinian territories, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, and the western part of the Golan Heights.
The UN Security Council adopted a number of resolutions, obliging Israel to liberate occupied territory. But all these international calls were ignored by Israel and they continued their expansionist politics.