Donald Trump, center, along with his daughter Ivanka Trump, right, and attorney David Friedman, left, exit the Federal Building following their appearance in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 in Camden, New Jersey. (Bradley C Bower/Bloomberg News)

Palestine considers ICC complaint against US ambassador Friedman

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates is considering filing a complaint against the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The move came after Friedman said Saturday that Israel has the right to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Friedman, who supports Israeli illegal settlements, said Israel has the right to annex at least “some” of the occupied West Bank in an interview published by the New York Times on Saturday.

“Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” he said.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry said Friedman’s remarks “give proof that he was a threat to peace and security in the region” and his words as “an extension of the policy of the US administration, which is fully biased towards the occupation and its expansionist colonial policies”.

“What reasoning could justify Friedman’s logic that Israel has the right to annex parts of the West Bank? International law prohibits the annexation of a land by force, as well as a reality imposed by occupying powers,” the ministry said in a statement.

In March, Trump recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which belong to Syria.

Netanyahu told Army Radio in April that Trump’s Golan step showed it was possible to annex West Bank settlements “within a gradual process and I prefer to do so with American recognition”.

He added: “I have been discussing the question of extending sovereignty with the Americans for the past six months.”

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