UK PM tells Israel: do not annex parts of the occupied West Bank
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned Israel on Wednesday against annexation in the occupied West Bank, saying it would violate international law and harm its drive to improve relations with the Arab world.
Israeli leaders decided in May that a cabinet debate on annexing parts of the West Bank, under a U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace, could begin from July 1, raising speculation the government would convene on that date.
But with no agreement yet with Israel’s main ally Washington on the scope and timing of the move, and talks ongoing, no cabinet session was scheduled for Wednesday.
“Annexation would represent a violation of international law,” Johnson said in an opinion piece for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s top-selling daily, echoing remarks he made in parliament last month.
1st July 2020