US secretary of state to discuss Israeli plans to annex swathes of the Palestinian territoriesThe US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has arrived in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic to discuss US-backed plans to annex large parts of the Palestinian territories.The single-stop visit – Pompeo’s first in nearly two months – will last just a few hours, with a small US team afforded exemptions from strict Israeli coronavirus restrictions that require any arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks. Continue reading...
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Netanyahu discussed unilaterally annexing 30% of the West Bank during a closed-door meeting, report says
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly discussed plans to annex 30% of the West Bank,...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly discussed plans to annex 30% of the West Bank, an Israeli official told Axios. The official said that Netanyahu presented several scenarios during a private meeting on Wednesday with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The meeting is said to have ended without agreement. Netanyahu has previously pledged to move forward with plans to annex the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, setting July 1 as a tentative deadline to begin. United Nations experts warned that if Israel annexed Palestinian-occupied parts of the West Bank it would "break international law." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly plans to annex 30% of the West Bank, according to a report. Such an acquisition of disputed territory would violate international law, UN human rights experts have said. An unnamed Israeli official briefed on the matter told the news website Axios that Netanyahu's 30% plan was one of several scenarios presented at a private meeting on Wednesday with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. According to Axios, other options included "a more symbolic annexation of a small amount of land." The two other ministers, according to Axios, old Netanyahu that they oppose annexation of any areas that house Palestinians. The official told Axios that Gantz and Ashkenazi favor a plan that would give Palestinians something in return. Ultimately the meeting ended without agreement, the source added. Netanyahu has previously pledged to move forward with plans to annex the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, setting July 1 as a tentative deadline to begin the process. Both Israel and Palestine assert claims to land in the West Bank, which was occupied by Israel in 1967 after the Six Day War. According to the BBC, an estimated 2.1 million to 3 million Palestinians live in the West Bank, which is the area west of the Jordan River. About 430,000 Israelis also live in the West Bank in 132 settlements and dozens of smaller "outposts." United Nations experts on Tuesday said that if Israel annexed Palestinian-occupied portions of the West Bank it would "break international law." "The annexation of occupied territory is a serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions," 47 independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council said in a statement. "The acquisition of territory by war or force is inadmissible. The international community has prohibited annexation precisely because it incites wars, economic devastation, political instability, systematic human rights abuses and widespread human suffering." The statement said that Israel's 53-year occupation of Palestinian land "is the source of profound human rights violations" and has led to the "denial of the right of Palestinian self-determination." A senior United Arab Emirates ambassador wrote a rare op-ed in a major Hebrew-language newspaper earlier this month, warning against plans to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank. "It will ignite violence and rouse extremists," the diplomat said. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
Shtayyeh calls on world powers to threaten Netanyahu with sanctions over expansion plansPalestine will declare statehood...Shtayyeh calls on world powers to threaten Netanyahu with sanctions over expansion plansPalestine will declare statehood over all of the West Bank and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital, and push for global recognition if Israel goes ahead with plans to annex land it occupies, the Palestinian prime minister has said.Mohammad Shtayyeh described the possible step pledged by the Israeli leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as an “existential threat” to a decades-long international effort for Israelis and Palestinians to reach an agreement that establishes two states side by side. Continue reading...
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo travels to Israel to bestow the United States' blessing on...Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo travels to Israel to bestow the United States' blessing on its proposed annexation of West Bank land.