Erdogan lambasts Israeli PM, says ‘West Bank is absolutely Palestinian territory’

Erdogan lambasts Israeli PM, says ‘West Bank is absolutely Palestinian territory’
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Srinagar: The West Bank is “absolutely” a territory of Palestinians, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lambasting Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for his remarks on annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his departure for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the capital Moscow, Erdogan said: “West Bank is absolutely a territory of Palestinians.”

Turkish president also said every action of Netanyahu is against international law, Anadolu reported.

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On Saturday, Netanyahu vowed to annex the occupied West Bank if he won the general election which is slated for April 9.

He said in an interview with Israeli television: “We will ensure that we are in charge on the ground. And we will impose sovereignty over the settlements in Judea and Samaria [West Bank].”

Roughly 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live on more than 100 settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.

The Palestinians, for their part, want both these territories — along with the Gaza Strip — for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.