Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan warn Israel
August 13, 2020
Middle East

West Bank annexation plan: Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan warn Israel

BERLIN (GERMANY) – Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan issued a warning to Israel on Tuesday against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, adding that such an act could affect bilateral ties.

In a statement issued by the German Foreign Ministry, the countries, which include two of Israel’s partners in the Middle East, said their foreign ministers had discussed how to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Along with most other European states, these countries oppose Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank as part of a peace deal promoted by the Trump administration in the US.

However, the move is opposed by the Palestinian Authority, which is eyeing the West Bank for a future Palestinian state.

“We concur that any annexation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process,” the European and Middle Eastern foreign ministers said.

“We would not recognise any changes to the 1967 borders that are not agreed by both parties in the conflict,” they added. “It could also have consequences for the relationship with Israel.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that he had briefed Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday that he was committed to Trump’s “realistic” peace plan.

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