Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, made the comments in response to Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, who earlier said that the Palestinians are “not interested in making peace with Israel.”
In a press release, the spokesman accused Netanyahu of “trying to mislead and mislead world public opinion.”
“Netanyahu’s comments reveal his intentions to evade any political process leading to ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international resolutions,” Abu Rudeineh added.
On Saturday, Netanyahu told members of the Jewish Republican Alliance conference in the United States that “the Palestinians do not want a state that lives alongside Israel, but a state that lives alone without Israel.”
Abu Rudeineh said Netanyahu’s government would include Itamar Ben Gvir of the Religious Zionist Party, who led settler attacks on citizens on Saturday in the West Bank city of Hebron.
“The attacks on Palestinian civilians in Hebron are an indication of what the next stage will look like with the presence of a far-right Israeli government that Netanyahu will form,” Abu Rudeineh said.
The last direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians came to a halt in March 2014 after major differences over settlements and the border of the future independent Palestinian state.
The Palestinians want to establish a Palestinian state in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem as its capital. ■