İrem UZUN -TDO- The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany on Tuesday jointly stated their vehement opposition to Israel’s plan to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank, warning that such a move could destabilize the region and would negatively affect bilateral relations with Jerusalem. In a statement distributed by the German Foreign Ministry, the countries, which include two of Israel’s leading partners in the Middle East, said their foreign ministers had discussed how to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The ministers held a video conference and at its conclusion they determined that they would not recognize any extension of Israeli law in the West Bank unless the Palestinians agreed to it. “We unanimously believe that nay annexation of the Palestinian Territories occupied in 1967 would violate international law and jeopardize the foundations of the peace process,” the statement reads. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had set July 1 as the date when it could begin to annex Jewish colonies in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley. The move was endorsed by a Middle East plan unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump in January.
Netanyahu's office made no announcement on July 1 as expected, but said talks were continuing with U.S. officials and Israeli security chiefs. Palestinians, meanwhile, are completely opposed to the plan, fearing it will trigger a new wave of violence in the region.