RAMALLAH, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (WAFA) –Israeli governments’ political agenda is based on extremism against the Palestinian people, Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh stated on Tuesday.
Speaking during a meeting with the Swedish consul-general Julius Lilleström at the Prime Minister’s Office in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Prime Minister Shtayyeh said that the successive Israeli governments have been adopting a political agenda that promotes competition for radical ization and aggression against the Palestinian people and their rights, including as manifested in more extrajudicial killings, detentions, incursions and land grab to make room for colonial settlement construction.
He added that the Palestinian people and leadership currently face the most openly extreme right-wing Israeli government whose all component parties are fundamentalist, while pointing that recent settler violent attacks across the occupied territories, including the February 26 Huwwara pogrom, were committed under the army protection and with government support, and hence there was no distinction between a settler and a uniform Israeli occupation soldier.
He stressed the necessity of exerting international pressure on Israel to end its occupation's unilateral measures and abide by all signed agreements, including with regards to allowing all Palestinians, including the inhabitants of East Jerusalem, to participate in elections.
He concluded by exploring with the Swedish diplomat the prospects of strengthening joint cooperation and supporting the implementation of Palestinian development projects.