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US President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas give a joint press conference at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. (AFP)

The Palestinian presidency accused on Tuesday Israel of sabotaging US efforts aimed at resuming the peace process.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaina rejected in a statement Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remarks that Israel will maintain is security control even after a peace deal is reached.

“Israel is working on complicating matters,” he added.

These statements do not help efforts aimed at finding a solution that will achieve security and stability in the region and the world, he continued.

Netanyahu’s statements are a message to the US administration and entire international community that Israel is not prepared to achieve peace based on the principles of justice and international law, stressed Abu Rudaina.

Furthermore, he declared that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with US President Donald Trump last month were “serious and clear and they paved the way for creating a rare chance to achieve peace.”

Israel is attempting to waste this chance through making such statements that reject the bases of the political process, he noted.

He warned that obstructing Arab and international efforts, especially American ones, to launch a serious peace process “will inflame the conflict in the region and lead it towards more fragmentation in light of the regional and international division.”

Netanyahu had announced during Israeli celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 war: “Whether we reach a political settlement or not, we will continue to impose our security control over the land west of the Jordan River.”

He also demanded that Palestinians recognize that Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, saying that this is central demand in reaching peace.