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Hamas hails Jordan's rejecting West Bank annexation plan

Senior Hamas leader Izzat al-Rishq speaks during an exclusive interview in Ankara, Turkey on October 18, 2019. The presence of terror groups along Turkey’s borders serves to promote Israel’s interests, said a senior Hamas leader. [Muhammed Selim Korkutata - Anadolu Agency]
Senior Hamas leader Izzat al-Rishq speaks during an exclusive interview in Ankara, Turkey on October 18, 2019. The presence of terror groups along Turkey’s borders serves to promote Israel’s interests, said a senior Hamas leader. [Muhammed Selim Korkutata - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Thursday praised Jordan’s rejection of the Israeli annexation plan of West Bank, Anadolu Agency reports.

Izzat al-Rashq, the head of the Arab and Islamic Relations Office of Hamas, told Anadolu Agency: “We praise Jordan’s position of rejecting the Israel-led plan of annexing lands from the West Bank and Jordan Valley.”

“This project constitutes an existential threat to the present and future of Palestine and its just cause, and a real danger against brotherly Jordan,” he said.

Al-Rashq described Jordan’s position as “honorable”, saying “[the rejection] is an extension of the historic positions of Jordan on the rights of the legitimate Palestinian people.”

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He “condemned attempts of some parties that put pressure on Jordan because of its rejection position,” without naming them.

Al-Rashq called on “Arab and Islamic governments to unite their efforts in rejecting Israel’s plans and their projects on annexation and settlements, and to support the Palestinian cause.”

On Tuesday, Jordanian King Abdullah II warned against Israel’s annexation plan that would “threaten the stability in the Middle East.”

Abdullah II said in a video conference with the US congressmen that any unilateral Israeli step to annex parts of the West Bank are unacceptable and it will destroy prospects of peace in the region.

Last Thursday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi arrived in Ramallah, Palestine to deliver a letter from the Jordanian king to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

READ: Hamas is sending positive messages to normalise relations with Jordan 

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