US Senators Express ‘Grave Concern’ over Israel’s Annexation Plan

US Senators Express ‘Grave Concern’ over Israel’s Annexation Plan

The US administration's Middle East plan would let Israel illegally annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank [File: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]

In a letter sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Benny Gantz, 19 US senators warned that annexing parts of the occupied West Bank would undermine reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The Senate Democrats, who were led by the Senator of Maryland Chris Van Hollen, expressed their concern and warning in a letter sent to Netanyahu and Gantz.

In their letter, they “warned that such a move would mark a dramatic reversal of decades of shared understandings between the US, Israel, the Palestinians, and the international community, and would impact Israel’s future, placing its security and democracy at risk.”

The senators added: “Annexation would betray our shared democratic values by denying Palestinians’ right to self-determination in a viable, sovereign, independent and contiguous state.”

“It could bring an end to Palestinian security cooperation with Israel, directly threatening the security of the Israeli people, and endanger Israel’s crucial peace agreement with Jordan.”

They stressed that if Israel moves forward “with unilateral annexation, we would not support that action.”

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