Iran says the Israeli prime minister seeks to stay in power through anti-Iran accusations and annexation, after Benjamin Netanyahu said he would annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if reelected.
“Netanyahu is after votes to stay in power and continue with expansionist policies and aggression one day through making accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran and one day by announcing his malicious intention to annex certain parts of Palestine,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday.
Mousavi said certain Arab countries claiming the leadership of the Arab world and who are busy with other issues like their military aggression against Yemen and their warming up ties with Israel had provided the Tel Aviv regime with an opportunity to disclose its ill-wished intentions.
He added that Iran welcomes any collective effort by Muslim countries to block the decision after calls for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Corporation (OIC).
The remarks came one day after Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank if he emerges victorious in the forthcoming snap legislative elections.
He announced his intention “to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea" in a speech broadcast live on Israeli TV.
The 69-year-old chairman of the Likud party also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, and in coordination with US President Donald Trump.
The announcement drew sharp criticism from Middle Eastern countries.
Ironically enough, Saudi Arabia that has been seeking to normalize ties with Israel also criticized Netanyahu for this “dangerous escalation against the Palestinian people” and called for an OIC emergency meeting.
The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30 percent of the West Bank. Some 65,000 Palestinians and about 11,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in the area - most of which is under Israeli military control in what is referred to as Area C.
Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also condemned Netanyahu's declaration, arguing that the plan will undermine any chances of progress in the so-called peace talks between the Israeli regime and Palestinians.
The Iranian spokesperson's remarks also came two days after Netanyahu accused Iran of operating a secret site towards obtaining nuclear arms and called on the international community to join Washington’s economic sanctions on Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Israel’s claims on Twitter, saying, “The possessor of REAL nukes cries wolf—on an ALLEGED ‘demolished’ site in Iran.”