Mohammad Shtayyeh, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, said at his weekly cabinet meeting on Monday that Israel’s military buildup in the occupied West Bank “is nothing but a formula for a huge bomb” and that it has been “fueled by Israel with its various political parties for their election propaganda.”
Shtayyeh continued, saying that “the lack of a political vision and the world’s focus on Ukraine are both excuses for the Israeli occupation. The prime minister urged the international community to become aware of what Israel is doing “to our enslaved and colonized people,” adding that elections “cannot be a cloak for its atrocities.”
On the commemoration of the Oslo Accords’ 29th anniversary, Shtayyeh said that Israel has “cancelled and ignored” the majority of their clauses and “eliminated” their political, economic, and geographic facets. Additionally, the occupation state has proceeded with its aggressive actions, such as settlements, persisted with financial withdrawals in violation of the agreement, and halted the release of the fourth group of veteran detainees.
Israel, according to Shtayyeh, says it wants to bolster the PA in front of the entire world, but in reality, it is “continuing its attempts to dismantle the PA and weaken its institutions.”
Shtayyeh declared on Tuesday that the Israeli aggression, the political void, and the international community’s double standards with regard to the situation in Palestine are to blame for the anger among Palestinians.
Palestinians are unhappy about the financial effects of global crises and the rise in prices, Shtayyeh said at a news conference in Ramallah with German Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economy and Energy Robert Habeck.
Shtayyeh reported that he spoke with Habeck on the diplomatic cooperation, Germany’s assistance for energy development in Palestine, the political situation in Palestine, and the ongoing Israeli aggression.
He continued by saying that he informed Habeck on the Israeli aggression in Jerusalem, offering defense for the Al-Aqsa Mosque against attacks by settlers, and the practice of killing unarmed civilians, including Palestinian women and children.
The two-state solution on the 1967 boundaries, as well as the protection of international law and human rights, are all positions that we and Germany firmly support, Shtayyeh said.
According to Shtayyeh, “We discussed issues pertaining to diplomatic cooperation, economic, environmental, and energy challenges, as well as the relations between Germany and Palestine, which are centered on friendship, regard for international law, and a spirit of cooperative partnership between the two countries.
Germany is one of the most significant direct and indirect donors to Palestine, according to him.
In line with the agreements that were struck, Shtayyeh urged Germany to put pressure on Israel to for elections to be conducted in all Palestinian areas, including Jerusalem.
Insisting that Palestine deserves to be recognized as a state by the international community and that the Palestinian people deserve to live in their own sovereign state, Shtayyeh pleaded for European, German, and international engagement in the region.
Habeck asserted that the two-state approach might be used to put an end to the conflict while pointing out that he had spoken with Shtayyeh about how to set the stage for a political settlement.
He continued by saying that his nation generously funds Palestinian development initiatives and that the two sides had discussed methods to boost the energy industry, particularly by supplying solar energy to Palestinian refugee camps.