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Urgent OIC Meeting to Take Place over Netanyahu ‘Escalation’


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Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:52 GMT

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will hold an emergency foreign ministers' meeting to discuss an "Israeli escalation" on Sunday September 15th following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to annex part of the West Bank, AFP reported on Wednesday September 11th.

"At the request of Saudi Arabia, the organisation will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at the level of foreign ministers in Jeddah ... to discuss the serious Israeli escalation," the 57-member pan-Islamic body said on Twitter on Wednesday September 11th.

Netanyahu, who is fighting for re-election in September 17 polls, issued a deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday to annex the strategic Jordan Valley, which accounts for around a third of the occupied West Bank.

He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements in the wider West Bank, but in coordination with President Trump, whose peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the election. These moves could essentially destroy any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinians, the United Nations, the European Union and Arab states have vigorously condemned Netanyahu's pledge, which Saudi Arabia called a "dangerous escalation".

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