World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian faction Hamas on Monday denounced recent remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he refused the set-up of a Palestinian state.
"Netanyahu's remarks are proof of the bogus nature of Israel's claims about peace," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.
He also lashed out at the desire of the Palestinian Authority for pursuing negotiations with Netanyahu.
Netanyahu told Israel Public Radio that if he is reelected prime minister, he will not order any withdrawals from occupied territories in the West Bank or approve the division of Jerusalem.
Around 6 million Israelis are expected to head to polling stations across the self-proclaimed Jewish state on Tuesday to select 120 members for their country's Knesset (parliament).
International law considers the West Bank and East Jerusalem occupied territories captured by Israel in 1967, deeming all construction of Jewish settlements on the land illegal.
Since its establishment 67 years ago, Israel has continued to misappropriate Palestinian land in the West Bank – on which it continues to build Jewish-only settlements – in breach of international law.
Palestinians, for their part, demand the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem – currently occupied by Israel – as its capital.Last Mod: 16 Mart 2015, 23:25