Premier Shtayyeh says steps and statements by the new Israel government make the situation very dangerous

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said today that measures and statements of the new Israeli government make the situation in Palestine extremely dangerous, urging speedy intervention to protect the Palestinian people and preserve the two-state solution.

The Prime Minister’s remarks came during a meeting with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, David McAllister, held at the headquarters of the European Parliament in the Belgian capital, Brussels, in the presence of Foreign Minister Riyad Malki and the Palestinian ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, Abdul Rahim al-Farra.

Prime Minister Shtayyeh said the new Israeli government, which includes extremists and convicted criminals, should not be allowed to cross the red lines without deterrence or punishment, especially with regard to human rights and settlement expansion.

“The cost of the occupation must be raised in order for it to end by imposing sanctions on settlements and their products and reviewing the partnership and cooperation agreements between the European Union and Israel and binding them to the extent of Israel’s respect for the two-state solution, ending the occupation and respecting human rights,” he said.

The Prime Minister also called on the European Union and its member states to recognize the State of Palestine in order to restore hope among the Palestinian people and to deliver a clear message to Israel that its destruction of the two-state solution and its continuous violations against the Palestinian people will not be tolerated.

He accused both the Israeli army and the settlers of taking turns in practicing violence against the Palestinian people, calling on Europe to fill the political vacuum left by the absence of the United States by leading international efforts to end the occupation and to establish the Palestinian state, especially in the absence of an Israeli peace partner.

Source: Palestine News & Info Agency