Palestinian leadership holds joint meeting in Jordan Valley village

The Palestinian government, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah movement held a meeting on Wednesday in a village in the Jordan Valley, a Palestinian official said.

The Palestinian official, who declined to be named, said that holding the meeting in the small village of Fasayel was part of the Palestinian steps against the Israeli plan to annex the Jordan Valley that represents some 30 percent of the West Bank territories.

But the official did not give any detail about the discussions in the meeting.

After the meeting, a popular rally was organized in the village, where senior Palestinian officials announced that the Israeli annexation plan is fully rejected and called on the Palestinians to thwart it.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye told the rally that the position of the Palestinian leadership against the Israeli annexation plan is “firm and stable.”

“The Palestinian leadership is determined to back the Palestinian citizens, who live in the areas that are under the threat of annexation,” he said.

Ishtaye announced that the government has decided to provide economic support to the Palestinian citizens, mainly farmers, in the Jordan Valley.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing his plan to annex the Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley, a portion of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Netanyahu set July 1 as the starting date for the beginning of the plan despite international condemnations.