Rami al-Hamdallah, the head of the Palestinian consensus government, said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) destroyed around one thousand Palestinian businesses and workshops in area C, which is under full Israeli control.
Al-Hamdallah appealed, during his meeting with the Australian minister for trade and investment Steven Ciobo on Sunday, to the international community to act to end the Israeli occupation and violations.
“We will not accept the current situation to continue since it minimizes the possibility of the two-state solution. What we need now is a true partner for peace,” al-Hamdallah added.
According to a statement by the government media office, al-Hamdallah briefed the Australian minister on the Israeli crimes and violations especially the ones related to extrajudicial killing of civilians, arrests, and illegal settlement building.
Al-Hamdallah stressed Palestine’s commitment to the two-state solution, pointing out the Palestinian demand to stop the settlement building in order to move forward with the peace process was not a pre-condition as Israel claims. He explained that settlement building in the occupied Palestinian land violated the international law and all UN resolutions pertaining to the Palestinian Question.