Bahrain has affirmed its firm and permanent position, which it has always expressed at various regional and international forums, in rejection of all Israeli practices in the occupied territories, which contradict and violate international legitimacy resolutions, especially Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334/2016.

This came as Assistant Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Faisal bin Jabr Al Dossari gave a statement before the Arab League Extraordinary Session at the level of Foreign Ministers, held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in the brotherly Arab Republic of Egypt.

Al Dossari explained that Israel's establishment of settlements in the Palestinian territories it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal legitimacy and constitutes a flagrant violation of the international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and just and comprehensive peace.

He noted that a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East would be achieved only upon Israel's complete withdrawal from all Arab territories occupied in 1967, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

This is, he said, in addition to the return of all Palestinian refugees to their lands from which they were displaced, in accordance with the two-state solution, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, and the relevant international legitimacy resolutions.

The Assistant Foreign Minister expressed the Kingdom of Bahrain's firm belief that peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved through unilateral decisions and that attempting to impose "fait accompli" is only a measure that would further complicate matters and hamper peace chances.

He affirmed Bahrain's support of whatever Arab League Council measures deemed appropriate to deal with the repercussions of Israel's continued settlement building that hinder just and comprehensive peace in the region.

He said the international community should shoulder its responsibility towards on providing international protection for the Palestinian people and confronting the Israeli policies contrary to international resolutions and international law.

It is worth noting that the Arab League has issued a resolution rejecting the US decision considering Israeli settlements conform to international law and assigned the Arab Group in New York and Kuwait in its capacity as the Arab member state of the Security Council to intensify the efforts a to counter the US decision.

It also assigned the Arab ambassadors' Council and Arab League missions to the influential capitals around the world to convey the contents and objectives of this resolution, thanking the countries and organizations that rejected the US decision and entrusted the Secretary-General with following up this decision.