Palestinian prime minister says Israel is 'apartheid' regime
The Palestinian prime minister warned Israel on Wednesday that its refusal to accept a so-called two-state solution would perpetuate a system of “apartheid”.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state and has refused to meet with Palestinian officials.
At a press conference with foreign reporters, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accused Bennett of “three no's”: No to meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, no to peace negotiations and no to a Palestinian state.
Shtayyeh reiterated the Palestinians' longstanding demands for a negotiated peace agreement that would create a Palestinian state in East Al-Quds Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, territories Israel seized in the 1967 war.
The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa, which was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed from 1948 until the early 1990s.
The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.