Publication Date : Tuesday 28 October 2014 13:37
Israel violence as dangerous as ISIL actions: Jordan
Jordanian Parliament Speaker Atef Tarawneh has compared the Israeli regime’s atrocities against the Palestinians to the ISIL Takfiri militants’ acts of violence in Syria and Iraq.
He made the remarks on Monday during a meeting with visiting Maltese Foreign Minister George William Vella, Jordanian media reported.
Tarawneh called on the international community to exert pressure on Israel to resume talks with the Palestinians and put an end to its “repeated violations against the holy sites” in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as well as construction of settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.
His comments mirrored earlier remarks by Jordanian King Abdullah ll who warned about “Zionist extremism” in the region last Monday.
The king said that people in the Middle Eastern country should join hands to keep threats posed by all extremists away from its borders, adding, “We have to think together how to deal with the various challenges.”
Earlier in the day, Jordan’s ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, censured Tel Aviv for its illegal settlement expansion on Palestinian lands, warning that the move threatens Amman’s peace treaty with the Tel Aviv regime.
The Israeli cabinet has approved the construction of 1,060 new settler units in East al-Quds. Officials said that the new plans also include building civilian infrastructure in the occupied West Bank.
More than half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds in 1967.
The United Nations and much of the international community consider the Israeli settlements illegal.