US News Gantz wants to postpone Israeli annexation plans due to corona crisis
Israel: Gantz in no rush to discuss the Trump plan
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-ANNEXE-GANTZ: Israel: Gantz in no rush to discuss the Trump plan © Reuters / POOL New ISRAEL: GANTZ NO PRESSED TO DISCUSS THE TRUMP PLAN JERUSALEM ( Reuters) - The date of July 1, proposed as the starting point for discussions on the annexation of Palestinian territories, is not "sacred", considers Benny Gantz, main government partner of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, quoted by a source from his political party.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz wants to postpone the possible annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank due to the corona crisis. "Everything that has nothing to do with the fight against the corona virus will wait," he said on Monday. The Palestinian leadership has since agreed to hold direct talks with Israel.
The Israeli government had announced that it would begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the strategically important Jordan Valley, which had been occupied by Israel since 1967, from July 1. Previously, US President Donald Trump gave the green light for the incorporation of large parts of the West Bank in his Middle East plan presented in January. The annexation plans are causing international criticism. Many fear that such a move will trigger a new wave of violence.
Annexation of Palestinian Territories: Grand Coalition Criticizes Israeli Plans as Violating International Law
Only Criticize or Strongly Condemn - How Does Germany Respond to the Planned Annexation of Palestinian Territories? © Photo: imago images / IPON At the request of the Union and the SPD, the Bundestag will probably disapprove of the Palestinian initiative by Israel. The Bundestag is expected to criticize the planned annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel at the request of the Union and the SPD as violating international law.
Netanyahu's office was initially unavailable to comment on Gantz's statements. The two former rivals had agreed on a unity government against the background of the coronavirus pandemic in April. Gantz is currently Vice Prime Minister and is to replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister in the autumn of next year.
Netanyahu could implement the annexation plans either through a cabinet decision or with a majority in parliament. Gantz could veto the cabinet; Netanyahu would only need a simple majority in the Knesset.
The Palestinian leadership declared itself ready for direct talks with Israel on Monday. The Palestinians are "ready to resume direct bilateral negotiations where they left off in 2014," the Palestinian leadership counterproposed to the US Middle East plan. The AFP received the four-page letter to the Middle East Quartet from the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the EU on Monday.
Prime Minister Mohammed Shtajjeh had already presented the counter-proposal in early June, but did not mention the willingness to talk directly to Israel. According to Shtajjeh, the paper also provides for "minor changes to the borders". However, the counter-proposal would be withdrawn if Israel annexed "any part of the Palestinian Territory".
Coronavirus: Seoul asks South Koreans to postpone their holidays .
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-SOUTH KOREA: Coronavirus: Seoul asks South Koreans to postpone their holidays © Reuters / POOL CORONAVIRUS: SEOUL ASKS SOUTH KOREANS TO SHIFT THEIR HOLIDAYS SEOUL (Reuters) - Health officials in South Korea on Monday asked people to postpone their summer holidays and avoid gatherings at work and places of worship due to the persistence of foci of coronavirus epidemics.