Iran slams Israel’s seizure of land in Jordan Valley

Iran has denounced Israel’s decision to seize 800 hectares of Palestinian land in Jordan Valley.

In a statement on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kan'ani said the seizure of the Palestinian territory is open land theft which violates the inalienable and absolute rights of the Palestinian people, Press TV reported.

He warned that the move will also jeopardize international peace.

The Iranian official said the regime is after erasing the people of Palestine “from the river to the sea.”

Kan'ani said Israel’s latest move amounts to the occupation – largest in scale – of Palestinian land since 1993 and the continuation of war crimes against the Palestinians.

It is also a clear example of gross violation of international laws and regulations as well as humanitarian rights, the Iranian official said.

Kan’ani reiterated Iran’s view that the international community, not least the United Nations, needs to shoulder their crucial responsibility in dealing with Israel’s new episode of the occupation of the Palestinian territories. The Iranian official demanded a “firm, effective and deterrent” reaction in this regard.

He underscored respecting the Palestinian people’s right to determine their fate and the formation of an independent Palestinian state “from the sea to the river” with al-Quds as its capital.

This is the only lasting and fair solution that will end Israel's aggressive and expansionist policies in the region, Kan’ani said.

On March 22, Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced the regime’s plan to grab 800 hectares (1,977 acres) of land in the occupied West Bank.

The announcement was made after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Tel Aviv for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Washington says Israel’s settlement expansion is inconsistent with international law.

The regime has already denominated land of 300 hectares (740 acres) in the Maale Adumim area of the West Bank as “state land.”

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