בנימין נתניהו פגישה עם שר החוץ של גרמניה הייקו מאס
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Jerusalem to discuss annexation
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a recent visit to Jerusalem to discuss annexation

Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan warn Israel on annexation

Statement by foreign ministers warns move would be 'violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process'; say their countries would not recognize any unilateral changes to 1967 lines

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Published: 07.07.20 , 14:48
Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan on Tuesday warned Israel against annexing parts of the West Bank, saying that doing so could have consequences for bilateral relations.
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  • In a statement distributed by the German Foreign Ministry, the countries, including Israel's two leading partners in the Middle East, said their foreign ministers had discussed how to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
    בנימין נתניהו פגישה עם שר החוץ של גרמניה הייקו מאסבנימין נתניהו פגישה עם שר החוץ של גרמניה הייקו מאס
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a recent visit to Jerusalem to discuss annexation
    (Photo: EPA)
    They, along with most other European countries, oppose Israeli plans that envisage annexing parts of the West Bank as part of a peace deal that is promoted by the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump.
    The Palestinian Authority, which wants the West Bank for a future Palestinian state, opposes the move. The United States has yet to give its approval to the annexation plans.
    עצרת מחאה של הרשות הפלסטינית נגד תוכנית הסיפוחעצרת מחאה של הרשות הפלסטינית נגד תוכנית הסיפוח
    Palestinians on the West Bank demonstrate against pending Israeli annexation
    (Photo: AFP)
    "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 after their video conference.
    "We would not recognize 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."
    בנימין נתניהו הר חומה 20 בפברואר סיפוח החלת ריבונותבנימין נתניהו הר חומה 20 בפברואר סיפוח החלת ריבונות
    Prime Minister Netanyahu on the West Bank promoting his annexation plan
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Israel had no immediate response. But in a separate statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he had told British counterpart Boris Johnson on Monday that he was committed to Trump's "realistic" peace plan.
    "Israel is prepared to conduct negotiations on the basis of President Trump's peace plan, which is both creative and realistic, and will not return to the failed formulas of the past," the statement said.

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