Israel’s strategy to annex swathes of the West Bank would create a severe breach of worldwide law and also have important implications for the nation’s relationship with Europe, EU Foreign Affairs leader Josep Borrell said on Thursday.
In a brief statement to the European Parliament, Borrell stated that any annexation of Israeli-occupied land in the West Bank would adversely impact regional stability and harm the possibility of a two-state way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian battle.
Borrell did not show exactly what actions the EU would take in case of annexation – citing time constraints – but said it might have”significant implications for the connection we now enjoy with Israel.” He urged that the Israeli government’to avert such a measure before it’s too late”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex Israeli settlements from the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, which Israel has occupied since 1967 in breach of global law. Israeli settlements in the West Bank are now home for as many as 500,000 American lands.
The annexation could scupper negotiations to get a so-called two-state alternative in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, which will see an independent Palestinian country exist together with Israeli and has become the aim of the majority of the global community for years.
In Addition to the EU, the UK has come out from annexation, together with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson telling the House of Commons on Tuesday that the strategy would”amount to a breach of Global law”. “We believe deeply at a two-state solution,” Johnson stated.
However, Netanyahu and his assistants are bolstered by support from President Donald Trump, whose much-maligned Middle East program greatly frees Israel over the Palestinians and whose government has granted the go-ahead for its annexation of Jewish settlements.
Jordan and Egypt, the only two Arab countries that have proper relationships with Israel, have spoken out against annexation, together with Jordan’s King Abdullah warning it might severely undermine regional stability. His warning on equilibrium had been echoed by Borrell on Thursday.
On June 10, Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas, warned Israel that annexation would violate international law, but didn’t state Germany or Europe would react.