The Palestinian Ambassador to Spain, Musa Amer Odeh, this Wednesday called on the government to take what he called a “sovereign decision” to recognize the state of Palestine in order to take a step towards resolving the conflict. Amid mounting fighting in Gaza and tensions in Jerusalem, West Bank and Israel.
“What are you waiting for to recognize the State of Palestine?” “Sometimes they say they are waiting for the EU decision. It is not true, it is a sovereign decision,” Odeh said during an interview with Europa Press in which both PSOE and United We can do so in their own Election programs.
“Sweden has been a member of the EU since before Spain and they recognized the State of Palestine. What happened to them? Nothing, they did what they were supposed to do,” he recalled, referring to the decision made in Stockholm in 2014 he criticized the support for the two-state solution, “but they recognize one state and do not recognize the other.” “You have to recognize both states,” he said.
With this in mind, he said that the current President of the government, Pedro Sánchez, “met with Abbas and said he would recognize the State of Palestine”. “He posted a tweet in 2015 saying that he would recognize Palestine,” he stressed, referring to a tweet from Sánchez in November 2015 in which he said, “We will recognize the Palestinian state when he becomes president the government is. “
Amid the escalation of the war, the United We Can faction in Congress condemned the violence and called on Israel to put an end to “direct attacks” on civilians while denouncing “levels of combat readiness and violence dating back to 2014 “, in relation to the Protective Margin Operation.
That operation resulted in the deaths of 66 Israeli soldiers and five civilians, as well as more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, according to the United Nations, and ended with a ceasefire agreement reached with the mediation of Egypt, which is currently seeking further suspension Hostilities.
Because of this, Odeh has wondered if “they are waiting for the Israelis to allow them to recognize Palestine”. “If the Israelis recognize Palestine, we won’t need that. We have to recognize it now, not tomorrow,” he defended himself. “We need the international community to understand that the Palestinians have been patient enough, but please don’t push them to their borders, give them rights,” he asked.
In doing so, he stressed that “if the Palestinians lose hope, it will be a disaster for everyone”. “You can’t imagine what someone who has lost hope can do,” he said. “End their occupation and we will not touch them (the Israelis). On the contrary, if someone touches them, we can fight them because we need stability,” he argued.
Odeh, who has criticized the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip and asked not to turn a “political, colonial” conflict into a “religious” one, has stressed the importance of the international community assuming its responsibility to address the situation break up .
“We live under the last occupation in recent history,” he denounced before recalling that “half of the Palestinian population are refugees”. “Where is the justice in all of this? It’s apartheid,” he criticized. “Nobody does anything and they repeat that Israel has the right to defend itself. Who is the aggressor, the occupying power or the occupied people? The Gazans have been under siege for fourteen years,” he said.
“It is a duty of the international community because the creation of Israel in the land of Palestine was through Resolution 181, although the Israelis did not respect it. It gave them, which was not fair, the 57 percent of the territory of historical Palestine and left Jerusalem as.” international (city), “he said. “The Israelis started with 78 percent, occupied half of the area that was intended for the Palestinians, and drove them away with massacres,” he denounced.
With this in mind, he declared that “all occupations ended, but the Palestinians stayed”. “All the occupations overthrew the previous ones, but the Israelis want to kick us out and replace us, and that will not happen. The Palestinians have no other homeland,” he said while criticizing settlement policies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“The West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem make up 22 percent of historical Palestine. The Israelis have 78 percent. If they want, they can build up to 78 percent. Why are they building up to 22 percent? That means they don’t recognize the rights of local Palestinians who have lived there since before Jesus Christ, “he said.
On the other hand, he has spoken out in favor of postponing the Palestinian parliamentary elections because Israel refused to allow the vote in East Jerusalem and stressed that the Palestinians “want elections, but they cannot hold them without Jerusalem”. “If we did that, it would mean that we somehow accept Trump’s Jerusalem plan,” he said.
“If the Israelis are ready to work together, we can do it next month,” he defended himself before criticizing Israel for “being unable to make a decision because it has no government,” referring to the fact that the executive is in office due to the lack of an agreement to form a government after the parliamentary elections in March, the fourth in almost two years, which in turn resulted in a highly fragmented Knesset with no majorities.
“It’s an excuse, it’s not true. You have a government that decides to build settlements. Is there a government that builds settlements but doesn’t make the elections in Jerusalem?” “It is in the hands of the international community. We need an end to the occupation more than ever,” he argued.
However, he regretted that both the Israeli government and “people who oppose Netanyahu” are against this path because “they want all of Palestine”. “We are ready to live in peace, but this cannot be achieved if the occupation continues. It is a condition to end the occupation mentality,” he repeated. “The problem is not with the Jews, but with the occupation. If the religion of this occupation were not Judaism and Islam, we would be resisting. If they were Christians, we would be resisting too. We are resisting the occupation, not on the other hand.” Religion, “he said.