Arab League official says Israel is an 'abnormal' state

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ground to a halt last year

Arab League official says Israel is an 'abnormal' state

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Arab League’s assistant secretary-general for Palestinian affairs Mohamed Sobeih has branded Israel as an “abnormal” state, saying the pan-Arab body was seeking to issue a resolution from the UN Security Council to end the decades-long Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Sobeih said Arab League members were holding consultations with a view to issuing a UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation and halt settlement activities.

“The Arab League will go to the UN Security Council this time in order to [prevent] Israel from evading its obligations,” he said.

Terming Israel as an “abnormal” state, Sobeih said the Arab League does not trust the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Israel is neither compatible with the two-state solution nor international law,” he said. “Israel is moving on a dangerous path to its demise.”

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ground to a halt last year over Israel's refusal to release a group of Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

In December, Palestinians had failed to win support for a bid to issue a UN Security Council resolution for setting a two-year deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of their lands.

-Settler assaults

Sobeih said Israeli settlers have committed 11,000 assaults against the Palestinians since 2004.

In recent weeks, a Palestinian baby was burned to death in an arson attack by settlers near the West Bank city of Nablus. The baby’s father died a few days later of wounds he sustained in the attack.

Sobeih accused the Israeli government of “officially supporting” settlers and extremists, citing recent remarks by Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, in which she described Palestinian children as “snakes”.

Last year, Shaked said, following the killing of three settlers in the West Bank, that “behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism.”

“They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there,” she said.

The surge in settler assaults comes amid rising tension in the West Bank over repeated attempts by settlers to force their way into East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

Sobeih warned of a “catastrophe” due to the repeated incursion of the mosque compound by Israeli settlers.

“The repeated attempts to provoke a wide section of the world public opinion by desecrating the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…bear a dangerous racist indication,” he warned.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2015, 13:08