EU Criticizes Netanyahu’s Plan to Annex Jordan Valley
Germany criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he is reelected this week. The representative of the German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, September 11, said that such annexation would violate international law, and the official representative of the German government, Steffen Seibert, called on Israel to abandon steps that would call into question the settlement of the Middle East conflict based on the peaceful coexistence of the Israeli and Palestinian states.
EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Federica Mogherini warned that the EU does not recognize any changes in borders that existed before the 1967 war, which are not agreed by Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli policy in the construction of Jewish settlements, according to international law, is illegal and undermines efforts to establish lasting peace in the Middle East, she recalled.
The representative of the UN Secretary General said that any Israeli decision to extend its jurisdiction to the occupied West Bank would not have any international legal consequences.
Saуb Erekat, head of the Palestinian delegation at the talks with Israel, said that the annexation of the Jordan Valley would be a war crime. In an interview with Reuters, Erekat also emphasized that the future Palestinian state cannot be built without the Jordan Valley. This region has an area of 2,400 square km. and makes up about a third of the West Bank.