Published: 10:53, June 27, 2023 | Updated: 10:59, June 27, 2023
'Independent Palestinian state only solution to Mideast peace'
By Xinhua

Israeli soldiers stand guard at the entrance to the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, June 21, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

RAMALLAH - A senior Palestinian official said on Monday that establishing an independent Palestinian state is the only solution to achieve security and stability in the Middle East.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman of the Palestinian presidency, made the remarks in response to the earlier comments of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel must block the Palestinians' aspirations for an independent state.

"The Palestinian state exists and is recognized by more than 140 countries, and it only needs to end the occupation to realize its independence," Abu Rudeineh said.

Pointing out that Palestine is an observer member of the United Nations and many other international agencies, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman of the Palestinian presidency called on the international community "to intervene and hold Israel accountable for its actions and words that contravene international legitimacy

Israel cannot "perpetuate its occupation by continuing the aggression against the Palestinian people and escalating the policy of killing, settlement, land theft, and other aggressive acts," he warned.

Pointing out that Palestine is an observer member of the United Nations and many other international agencies, Abu Rudeineh called on the international community "to intervene and hold Israel accountable for its actions and words that contravene international legitimacy."

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Meanwhile, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement that Netanyahu's remarks "are condemned" as "it is an official recognition of the Israeli government's policy of hostility to peace and rejection of peaceful resolutions."

The last round of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis broke down at the end of March 2014 because of their divisions over settlement, security and borders.

The Palestinians want to establish an independent state alongside Israel on all the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

'Frustration at Russia's decision'

Palestine on Monday expressed frustration at Russia's recent decision to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem.

"Such a decision could be taken advantage of by other countries waiting for the opportunity to follow," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said during a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Palestine Gocha Boachidze in the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to a ministry statement.

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The decision came without prior coordination with the Palestinian side or providing explanation afterward, al-Maliki noted.

On June 16, the Russian embassy and the Israeli foreign ministry announced that Russia will open a branch of its consular section in Jerusalem.

A plot of land located on the corner of King George and Ma'alot Streets in Jerusalem could be used to build the branch, according to a statement by the Israeli ministry.