Delay Appears Likely In Israel's Plans To Annex Parts Of West Bank


The pitiful warning came as plans to officially annex parts of the West Bank, which Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meant to start from July 1, look set to stall.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has missed his self-imposed target date for annexation of occupied Palestinian territories, as Boris Johnson made a personal intervention in a front-page article in an Israeli newspaper to warn of the illegality of the move. "We have to take a true and honest stand to face this project and make it fail", Arouri said.

"Annexation would represent a violation of worldwide law", the PM wrote in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Palestinians demonstrate against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

But Palestinians have rejected the plan saying the pockets of territory they'd have left would fall short of what's needed for a viable independent state.

Describing it as the "illegal seizure of Palestinian land", Otaiba said "plans for annexation and talk of normalisation are a contradiction". If it does, the United Kingdom will not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties.

"Annexation is an existential threat for our future", he said.

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The National Education Association , a leading public teachers union, said the decision would harm students. The Trump administration sided with them as did a host of religious rights advocates.

For weeks, observers of Israel and the Palestinian territories have had July 1 circled on the calendar.

"A new low for Ayman Odeh, who attended a conference today with Hamas members who called for the murder of Jews", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party said in a statement, adding that there was "no limit to the shame".

The pushback has been so great that Netanyahu, whose coalition government was formed only in May, has been rumored to be mulling a less-ambitious move - one that would save face for Israel but calm anger.

The Six-Day War in 1967 between Israel and its Arab neighbors saw Israelis capture significant territorial gains in the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula up to the Suez Canal.

On the other hand, some settler groups have opposed annexation because they said it would short circuit their hopes of Israel maintaining control over the entire West Bank.

But in a meeting with his Blue and White party, the former military chief who also holds the title of alternate prime minister, Gantz said his top priority is helping the country cope with the health and economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus.

Calling himself a "passionate defender of Israel", Johnson said that for Israel to follow through with its sovereignty plan would represent "a violation of worldwide law" and would also be "a gift to those who want to perpetuate the old stories about Israel".