News ID: 269282
Published: 0203 GMT May 19, 2020

Iran: Fate of Palestine should be decided in national referendum

Iran: Fate of Palestine should be decided in national referendum

Iran on Tuesday called for a national referendum for deciding the fate of Palestine.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a tweet that “the international community has failed to solve the question of Palestine” for more than seven decades because “the plans proposed never corresponded with its (Palestine’s) historical facts and roots.”

“Iran believes that only Palestinians whether Muslim, Christian or Jew with a national referendum can and should decide for Palestine,” the ministry said.

The statement came ahead of the International Quds Day this Friday on which people around the world will hold rallies in support of the Palestinian cause and condemnation of Israeli atrocities against the people of Palestine.  

Meanwhile, the European Union’s foreign policy chief warned Israel against acting on its “unilateral” decision to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, saying the bloc will not recognize any such changes to the 1967 borders.

In a statement released on Monday, Josep Borrell said the EU viewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s push for annexation with “grave concern.”

“International law is a fundamental pillar of the international rules-based order. In this respect, the EU and its member states recall that they will not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders unless agreed by Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.

“We strongly urge Israel to refrain from any unilateral decision that would lead to the annexation of any occupied Palestinian territory and would be, as such, contrary to international law,” the top EU diplomat added.

Borrell expressed the EU’s willingness to help restart Israeli-Palestinian talks, adding that the two-state solution “is the only way to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the region.”

Borrell had said Friday that the European nations “must work to discourage any possible initiative towards annexation” and such a strategy will require that states reach out to Israel, the US, the Palestinians and Arab partners “using all channels that the EU and the member states have.”

A key campaign promise of Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party in recent Israeli elections was imposing Tel Aviv’s “sovereignty” over Israeli settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

A coalition deal that Netanyahu recently signed with his chief rival, Benny Gantz, allows the cabinet to begin moving ahead with the annexation bid on July 1.

Presenting his new cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel’s law should be extended over the West Bank areas.

“The truth is, and everyone knows it, that the hundreds of thousands of settlers in Judea and Samaria will always stay put in any future deal,” he said, referring to the occupied West Bank by its biblical name.

Netanyahu has time and again announced that he would start plans for annexing more areas in the occupied West Bank on July 1, in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s peace scheme, further infuriating Palestinians.

The American president officially unveiled his scheme, the so-called deal of the century, in January at the White House with Netanyahu on his side, while Palestinian representatives were not invited.

The proposal gives in to Israel’s demands while creating a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders, enshrining the occupied Al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allowing the regime to annex settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

Press TV contributed to this story.






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