Israel warned by global leaders not to annex

Sunday, June 14, 2020
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Dome of the Rock 3 (w/ barb wire)The international community is warning Israel to cease its plan to annex communities in biblical Judea and Samaria or the West Bank, which would incorporate hundreds of thousands of Israelis under Israeli law.

Despite being an ardent supporter of Israel, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas – whose nation will assume rotating presidency of the European Union next month – voiced opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan that has a deadline slated for July 1.

“Together with the European Union, we are of the opinion that annexation would not be compatible with international law, and that is why we continue to stand by a negotiated, consensual two-state solution,” Mass said at a joint press conference while visiting Israel last week – without saying how Germany or the EU will respond, according to CBN News. “In our view, we are now at a time when diplomacy and negotiations must be given a chance.”

Much opposition

Even though the July 1 annexation was originally included in President Donald Trump’s deal of a century peace plan, many in the U.S. and abroad are not on board … at least yet.

“AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby in the US, is privately telling lawmakers they are free to criticize Israel regarding its plan to annex communities in biblical Judea and Samaria or the West Bank,” CBN noted from an Israeli daily report before mentioning other opposition. “The European Union, Arab states and others criticized Israel for its plan to annex Israeli communities in the West Bank.”  

And now, it appears the White House is not too anxious about holding to the deadline.

“[A] senior U.S. official said annexation can wait until after July first.,” CBN added. “It appears the administration wants to make sure that alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gaby Ashkenazi are fully on board before it's implemented on the ground.”

Yet Trump remains stalwart in his commitment to support Israel millennia-long right to the land, as laid out in the Bible.

“Trump’s proposals exclude core Palestinian demands, such as a capital in East Jerusalem and have been rejected by the Palestinian Authority,” Breitbart News reported.

Naturally, the stiffest opposition came from Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, whose government has offered a counter-proposal showcasing a “sovereign Palestinian state – independent and demilitarized” to the Quartet composed of the United Nations, the EU, U.S. and Russia.

 “We want Israel to feel international pressure,” Shtayyeh insisted, according to Breitbart News.

He warned that the EU is in the process of considering sanctions – as well as unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state – before threatening Israel with dire consequences if it does not cease and desist its annexation plans.

"This annexation is a total erosion of our national aspirations,” Shtayyeh charged, according to CBN News. “The annexation is a total erosion of the geographic base of the future Palestinian state, and the world has to choose between international law and annexation.”

Both the UN and the UK sided with the Palestinians’ call for Israel to withdraw from its annexation plans.

“The top United Nations official for the peace process said last month that annexation would deal a ‘devastating blow’ two the idea of two independent states – Israel and a Palestinian one beside it, [while] the representative of the United Kingdom said both Israeli and Palestinian leaders must work together to meet their obligations under the Oslo Accords and refrain from unilateral actions,” CBN pointed out.

Israelis stand on both sides of the fence regarding annexation – some saying it oversteps their boundaries, while others believe it is too little.

Give and take in Israel

“The Trump deal is a vision for peace to try and create a better atmosphere in this region,” Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi – who oversees a large settlement in Jerusalem’s outskirts – told CBN News. “The legal concept is applying Israeli law where Jews live today, which basically would mean our status would be equal to the status of the rest of the residents of Israel.”

Last weekend, however, several thousand Israelis gathered to demonstrate against Netanyahu’s plan for extended sovereignty over areas occupied in the West Bank that Palestinians envision as being part of their future state.

"No to annexation, no to occupation, yes to peace and democracy," many Israelis chanted – with a number of them brandishing Palestinian flags, according to Reuters.

Left-wing groups organized the protest to sway popular opinion – half of Israelis support annexation – and during the demonstration, organizers screened Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) video address, in which he alluded to Netanyahyu and Trump as dictators.

"It has never been more important to stand up for justice and to fight for the future we all deserve," the pro-Palestinian Sanders declared. "It’s up to all of us to stand up to authoritarian leaders and to build a peaceful future for every Palestinian and every Israeli."

Besides the West Bank, the Palestinian government – co-led by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas – wants East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as part of their desired future state – territories that were captured by Israel when it routed surrounding Arab enemies in the 1967 Six-Day War. After the victory, Israel returned to the biblical areas of Judea and Samaria.

 

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