Countries and several international organizations have expressed concerns about Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. AFP
Egypt, Germany, France and Jordan released a joint statement on Tuesday saying they categorically reject Israel’s plan to annex part of the West Bank, and that such a move “would violate international law and could also have an impact on relations with Israel.”
After a joint videoconference, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Germany, France and Jordan said: “We exchanged views on the current state of the peace process in the Middle East and its regional impact. We unanimously believe that any annexation of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would violate international law and endanger the foundations of the peace process. We would not recognize any change to the 1967 borders that would not have been accepted by both parties to the conflict.
“We also agree that such a decision would have serious consequences for the security and stability of the region and would constitute a major obstacle to efforts to achieve a full and just peace. It could also have an impact on relations with Israel”, read the statement.
“We underscore our firm commitment to a negotiated two-state solution based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. We have discussed how a constructive new start can be made between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, and we offer our support to pave the way for negotiations,” the statement added.
After missing his July 1 target date to begin the annexation process, Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would continue to discuss the matter with the Trump administration.
In June, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Netanyahu that other nations would impose sanctions on Israel, and possibly formally recognize a Palestinian state, if Israel materializes its intention to annex part of the West Bank.