Erekat: Netanyahu Wants Jewish State Just Like ISIS Wants Islamic State

Senior Palestinian official also says that Palestinian Authority already opened proceedings against Israel in ICC.

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A senior Palestinian official compared between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in an interview on Saturday.

"Al-Baghdadi wants an Islamic State and Netanyahu wants a Jewish state, and his policy led to the immolation of the boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, same as they burn people in Daesh," PLO executive committee member Saeb Erekat said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

Erekat was referring to the murder by immolation of a Palestinian boy from East Jerusalem, who was kidnapped and then torched in the woods outside Jerusalem by several Israelis last summer.

In his interview, Erekat also discussed the Palestinian Authority's recent admission into the International Criminal Court, saying that there are "pressures" on the Palestinians against filing suits against Israel. Erekat said that the Palestinians have made it clear that the international community should pressure those who commit the crimes, not those who defend against them.

Erekat said that the Palestinian Authority has already opened proceedings at the ICC, which will focus on the first stage on the settlements and on incidents that occurred during the summer war between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"We're now a country under an occupation, like Denmark or Belgium during the Second World War," Erekat said.

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