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Fatah leader: Israel annexation plan a ‘declaration of war’

Image of senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Senior Fatah official Jibril Al-Rajoub, 28 February 2017 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Fatah movement’s Central Committee, Jibril Al-Rajoub, described Israel’s annexation plan as “a declaration of war” that would change all rules of engagement.

Speaking to Al-Mayadeen news channel, Al-Rajoub said Fatah and Hamas have abandoned the division and are heading towards confronting the ‘deal of the century’ and the annexation plan.

Al-Rajoub added that Israel was provoked by his appearance in a joint conference with the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, Saleh Al-Arouri, last week, noting that the two weeks that preceded their joint conference witnessed extensive contacts.

“The Palestinian leadership and factions want to turn the Israeli threat into an opportunity to unite with the international community, which is supporting us,” he said, adding that a Palestinian strategy has been developed against the deal of the century which started with stopping the security coordination with Israel and ceasing relations with Washington.

Al-Rajoub explained that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan is an opportunity for the Palestinians to arrange their internal affairs and relationship with countries in the region.

READ: Israel fears meetings between senior Fatah and Hamas representatives

Israel's annexation of the West Bank - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel’s annexation of the West Bank – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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