P.A. Foreign Minister Demands Sanctions If Israel Annexes West Bank


The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister demanded sanctions against Israel if it annexes parts of the West Bank.

The issue of annexation has been in the news of late due to comments by the U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who said Israel had the right to annex some of the territory.

According to the Times of Israel, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said, "It should be expected that [the] international community will take up sanctions against Israel if Israel really ventures into such [an] approach."

"Friedman with his statement is trying to help Netanyahu to have the courage to take such a decision," Maliki said.

"This is really something that the international community has to stand up to," he added. "We cannot accept the annexation of territories by any country because this is [a] violation of international law."

"Or when it comes to Israel, is it really the holy cow that no one could really touch?" he asked.

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