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Palestine urges Netherlands to recognise Palestinian State

January 25, 2024 at 6:45 pm

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah, West Bank on November 13, 2023. [Palestinian Presidency / Handout – Anadolu Agency]

Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, urged the Netherlands, on Thursday, to recognise the Palestinian State and commended its efforts at the international level against Israeli settler violence, according to a statement by his office, Anadolu Agency reports.

Shtayyeh made the remarks at a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister, Hanke Bruins, in Ramallah in the central West Bank.

He also urged Bruins to “increase international pressure on Israel to immediately stop its aggression, and to open crossings to ensure the arrival of humanitarian aid in a sufficient manner” for Palestinians in Gaza.

The Premier told the Dutch Minister that Israel’s policies serve Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s goal which is “undermining the possibility of establishing the Palestinian State.”

“The political solution must be within the international framework, after the bilateral talks model has failed over 30 years,” said Shtayyeh, referring to stalled Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which completely collapsed in 2014.

Israel launched a deadly offensive against the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on 7 October, killing at least 25,700 victims and injuring 63,740.

Nearly 1,200 Israelis believed to have been killed in the Hamas attack.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

The Israeli offensive has left 85 per cent of Gaza’s population internally displaced amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 per cent of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

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