World Is Israel taking first steps towards annexation in the West Bank?

06:50  01 july  2020
06:50  01 july  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

UPDATE 1-UK PM Johnson tells Israel: do not annex parts of the occupied West Bank

  UPDATE 1-UK PM Johnson tells Israel: do not annex parts of the occupied West Bank ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ANNEXATION-BRITAIN (UPDATE 1):UPDATE 1-UK PM Johnson tells Israel: do not annex parts of the occupied West Bank , cautioning that London would not recognise any changes to the 1967 lines. "Annexation would represent a violation of international law," Johnson said in an opinion piece for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s top-selling daily. "It would also be a gift to those who want to perpetuate the old stories about Israel." "I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead," he said. "If it does, the UK will not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties.

The term ‘ annexation ’ is used when a state unilaterally incorporates another territory within its borders. Israel ’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called these zones “an integral part of In this edition, we're focusing our entire programme on Israel ’s planned annexation of settlements in the West Bank .

Some have pronounced it to be a step towards the annexation of the West Bank The US State Department has also voiced “deep concern” over the move to legalize Israeli settlements in the West Bank . Earlier, Israel 's Education minister Naftali Bennett, from the Jewish Home party said that the

Israel could start implementing controversial annexation steps in the occupied West Bank today. It was eagerly awaited whether the Jerusalem government would actually take any action on the July 1 deadline specified in the coalition agreement.

Mit US-Vertretern habe er «über die Frage der Souveränität gesprochen, an der wir in diesen Tagen arbeiten, und an der wir in den kommenden Tagen weiter arbeiten werden», sagt Regierungschef Benjamin Netanjahu. © Photo: Abir Sultan / POOL EPA / AP / dpa With US officials, he has "talked about the question of sovereignty, which we are working on these days and on which we will continue to work in the coming days" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday after a meeting with US Special Envoy Avi Berkowitz and US Ambassador David Friedman that he "spoke to US officials" about the sovereignty issue we are working on and on we will continue to work in the coming days ». There had recently been disagreements about how to proceed within the government coalition, and the US government's final approval is still missing.

Global reaction to Israel's imminent annexation plans

  Global reaction to Israel's imminent annexation plans Several of Israel's staunchest allies have criticised its annexation plans as jeopardising the status quo.The plan, which aims to annex all illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank - including the strategic Jordan Valley - amounts to one-third of the territory and is in line with US President Donald Trump's so-called "Middle East plan," which envisages a demilitarised Palestinian state on a patchwork of disjointed parts of the Palestinian territories.

Israel 's deputy premier has said West Bank annexations must wait, allies and regional powers have condemned the project, but hours before A poll by the Channel 12 network said that only five percent of people believed that extending Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank

If Israel presses ahead with annexations in the occupied West Bank , it risks undermining improved ties with key Arab states and alienating European The possible scope of international backlash against the Jewish state is unclear, as it is not yet known what action Israel plans to take towards

The Federal Government is closely monitoring developments. She takes over the EU Council Presidency on Wednesday. On this day the Bundestag also wants to deal with the planned annexation.

As a basis for this, the Israeli government takes a plan from US President Donald Trump. This stipulates that Israel can incorporate around 30 percent of the West Bank that was conquered in 1967 during the Six Day War. The remaining 70 percent are to become part of a Palestinian state, but under strict conditions. The Palestinians firmly oppose the plan, and Israel prefers them. The plan is also highly controversial internationally.

Many observers worry that one-sided steps by Israeli violence could lead to a new Palestinian uprising. Militant Palestinians have already threatened to consider an annexation decision as a declaration of war. In the Gaza Strip, extremists called for a “day of anger” on Wednesday.

Residents in West Bank settlement voice hope for calm

  Residents in West Bank settlement voice hope for calm The tranquil settlement of Ariel could have found itself a focus of global attention on Wednesday had Israel defied international criticism and advanced plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Ariel was one of the settlements tipped to be first in line for annexation, as opposed to so-called "wildcat settlements" set up more recently by hardline Jewish nationalists deeper inside the West Bank. But enthusiasm for annexation appeared muted in Ariel, especially amid resurgent novel coronavirus cases and continuing economic hardship caused by the pandemic.

GENEVA: Israel ’s aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is clearly “illegal”, the UN’s human rights chief said on Monday, warning that the International condemnation of the possible Israeli annexations has mounted ahead of July 1, when the Jewish state could take its first steps towards

The West Bank was formally annexed on 24 April 1950, but the annexation was widely considered as illegal and void by most of the international community.[6] After Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, the Palestinians there remained Jordanian citizens until Jordan renounced

There is also fear of destabilization of the region, especially Jordan. Millions of Palestinians live in the country. Sanctions against Israel are being considered, including within the European Union. The EU is Israel's main trading partner.

In the coalition agreement between the right-wing Likud party of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the middle alliance Blue and White of Defense Minister Benny Gantz, July 1 was specified as the deadline. From that date, the first steps for annexation could be initiated, it said. Recently, however, Gantz had increasingly distanced itself from the project. On Monday, he said July 1 was “not a sacred date”. In his view, the fight against the corona virus has priority.

On the other hand, a time window closes for Netanyahu. Experts believe that the 70-year-old sees the annexation as part of his political legacy. And in November there is a presidential election in the United States. Trump's designated challenger Joe Biden was last in polls - he rejects an annexation. Netanyahu is also under pressure because of the corruption process that is going against him, which could cost him his office.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered against the annexation of the settlements and the Jordan Valley

 Thousands of Palestinians gathered against the annexation of the settlements and the Jordan Valley © Abbas Momani, AFP Large rally to protest against the Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, in Jericho, on June 22 2020. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated on Monday in Jericho during the largest rally in the West Bank against the Trump administration's plan for the Middle East, which calls for the annexation by Israel of the blocks of Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley.

Gantz Suggest Delaying Israel ’s Annexation Plans. Tensions in Israel ’s coalition government have come to the fore days before a planned July 1 vote The Middle East impact. Writing in Foreign Policy, Ariane Tabatabai and Henry Rome argue that Israel ’s annexation of parts of the West Bank would

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying on Tuesday that discussions with Washington on his plan to annex occupied West Bank Israel ’s minister of higher education has also played down the likelihood of major moves to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on July 1 , the

Should Israel announce annexation steps, this would put the German federal government in an uncomfortable situation. In addition to the EU Council Presidency, she will also chair the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

Especially because of the Holocaust, Germany and Israel have special relationships with each other. The security of Israel is part of the German rationale. It is therefore hard to imagine that Germany is actively campaigning for punitive measures against Israel. On the other hand, the German government has always criticized the Israeli settlement policy clearly and would rate an annexation of areas as a violation of international law.

The Bundestag is expected to criticize the planned annexation on Wednesday at the request of the Union and the SPD as violating international law. The foreign politicians of the coalition factions have agreed on an application that the annexation of parts of the West Bank and the expansion of Jewish settlements there are “contrary to international law”. The Israeli government is urged to drop the plans. Otherwise, there would be "significant effects on the Middle East peace process and regional stability".

Video: Israeli annexation plans: criticism of EU (Euronews)

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