Palestinian PM slams Israel's annexation plan as "illegal"

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RAMALLAH, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Monday slammed the Israeli plan to annex the Palestinian territories in the West Bank as "illegal."

The plans of the Israeli new government to annex the Jordan Valley, Jewish settlements and territories in the Dead Sea area will result in "dangerous repercussions" that "would undermine the foundations of peace in the entire region," Ishtaye said in a press statement issued after the weekly cabinet meeting.

He called on the international community "to take quick practical steps to halt the Israeli plans and recognize the independent state of Palestine on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital."

The Palestinian leadership will convene on Tuesday on how the Palestinians will confront the Israeli plan, the prime minister said.

During the earlier swearing-in ceremony of his new unity government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "It's time for Israel to impose sovereignty on the West Bank," according to Israel Radio. Enditem

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