Pro-Palestine rally in Morocco. Photo via social media
The government of Morocco has condemned the projected Israeli move to annex larger parts of the occupied West Bank, saying the plan breaches international law and resolutions, according to Palestinian sources.
The Kingdom of Morocco affirmed its rejection of all unilateral steps and measures that may be taken by the Israeli authorities in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said any Israeli annexation of occupied lands will breach the principle of the internationally agreed two-state solution, as well as undermine all efforts aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive peace.
He said his country will remain a key supporter of the Palestinian just cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to live in freedom and dignity.
Bourita added that Morocco was concerned about the dangerous repercussions of an Israeli annexation to the security and stability of the entire region.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that his government intended to annex the Jordan Valley and all settlement blocs in the West Bank early next month.
The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is seen as occupied territory under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there -- as well as the planned annexation -- illegal.
Palestinian officials have threatened to abolish bilateral agreements with Israel if it goes ahead with the annexation, which would further undermine the two-state solution.
The annexation comes as part of US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century," which was announced on Jan. 28. It refers to Jerusalem as "Israel's undivided capital" and recognizes Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank
The plan states the establishment of a Palestinian state in the form of an archipelago connected through bridges and tunnels.
Palestinian officials say that under the US plan, Israel will annex 30-40% of the West Bank, including all of East Jerusalem.