Saudi Arabia calls Netanyahu bid to annex West Bank ‘very dangerous escalation’
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Saudi Arabia calls Netanyahu bid to annex West Bank ‘very dangerous escalation’

Strongly-worded statement issued by the Islamic kingdom comes after Israel's Prime Minister made the controversial announcement on Tuesday

King Salman (Wikipedia/ Ron Przysucha - U.S. Department of State from United States) and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (Wikipedia/The White House from Washington, DC. Cropped by UserSikander)
King Salman (Wikipedia/ Ron Przysucha - U.S. Department of State from United States) and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (Wikipedia/The White House from Washington, DC. Cropped by UserSikander)

Saudi Arabia has denounced Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex parts of the West Bank as a “very dangerous escalation”.

Wednesday’s strongly-worded statement is a significant rebuke from a regional power that has recently grown closer to Israel over their shared concerns about Iran.

Mr Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley if he is re-elected next week and would move to annex Jewish settlements.

It was widely viewed in Israel as a campaign stunt and initially received a relatively muted response in the Arab world, where championing the Palestinians has waned.

But Saudi Arabia’s royal court, which runs the affairs of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, says other regional concerns “will not affect the status of the Palestinian cause”.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments