İrem UZUN -TDO- Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned Israel that its plan to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank would violate international law, but he declined to say how Germany or Europe would respond. Maas said Germany and the European Union "seek dialogue" with Israel. But he made clear that Europe considers annexation incompatible with international law. “We are in agreement in the EU that we seek dialogue. Today, I am in Israel to be informed about the plans of the new government," Maas said.
Maas traveled to Jerusalem Wednesday where he was set to voice European "concern" over Israel's controversial annexation plans in the occupied West Bank. Maas, the first high-level European visitor to touch down in Israel since the coronavirus pandemic hit, on arrival touched elbows with his Israeli counterpart, before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz. The focal point of talks was Israel's proposed annexation of West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley, with initial steps slated to begin from July 1, the same day Germany takes the rotating EU presidency.
After meetings, the German foreign ministry said on its website that "in the Middle East conflict, Germany and its European Union partners are committed to the resumption of negotiations and a two-state solution. "In Israel, Foreign Minister Maas will also express European concern about the possible consequences of annexation, as announced by the Israeli government."