Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that Knesset’s passing of a law that requires two-thirds of its members to approve any ceding land in Jerusalem al-Quds is a “declaration of war.”
“The Israeli Knesset’s vote on the united Jerusalem law is equivalent to a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its political and religious identity,” said Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Abbas’ spokesman, on Tuesday.
He added that the Tel Aviv regime has already begun to impose its dictatorial rule on Palestinians living in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
“This vote clearly indicates that the Israeli side has officially declared the end of what is called the political process and has begun imposing a policy of dictates,” he added.
Abbas also stressed that Israel was not capable of such actions without the full support of the US government.
Israeli legislators on Tuesday approved the amendment to an existing legislation, raising the number of required votes from 61 to 80 in the 120-seat parliament (Knesset) before the regime can relinquish control over any portion of the holy city to a “foreign party.”
The secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, also said the Israeli parliament’s vote was the outcome of Trump’s decision and part of new US-Israeli collaboration to dictate a solution and destroy the so-called two-state principle.
He added that Palestinians will go to the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to counter all these plots.
The Knesset’s move comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump said the White House recognizes the entire of Jerusalem al-Quds, both its east and west, as Israel’s “capital,” outraging Palestinians and triggering warnings across the world.
The UN resoundingly rejected the policy in a General Assembly vote.