We call on the leaders in the region to assist the Palestinians and be part of the political process.
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
On Saturday (March 27), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reacted to declarations emanating from the Arab League meeting held in Libya.
"We heard aggressive and problematic declarations from Arab League leaders," Ayalon said. "We call on the leaders in the region to assist the Palestinians and be part of the political process."
"However, again we heard very selective opinions on international law coming from the Arab League which have little basis," Ayalon said. "For too long our opponents have been able to talk about international law without being held to account. We say strongly and firmly that we have a legal right to build in Jerusalem and those that seek to enshrine the 1949 Armistice Lines, the so-called ‘Green Line’ as a border have not understood history nor legal precedence."
"It is incumbent on all those who seek a peaceful negotiated solution to understand United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 as the legal framework for this process and the basis for every agreement between us and the Palestinians. The resolution does not mention ‘occupied territories’, does not delineate a border and according to those who drafted the resolution, does not call on Israel to return to the pre-1967 borders, calling them "artificial, undesirable and insecure."
"We call on the Palestinian Authority to cease living in delusions of forcing Israel to the pre-1967 lines and to come and join us at the negotiation table without preconditions," the Deputy Foreign Minister said.