UN Chief Urges Israel to Abandon Annexation Plan of West Bank

UN Chief Urges Israel to Abandon Annexation Plan of West Bank

UN Chief Urges Israel to Abandon Annexation Plan of West Bank

“This would be calamitous for Palestinians, Israelis and the region,” Guterres said.

United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres urged Israel Tuesday to call off its plans to annex parts of the illegally occupied West Bank, declaring that such a move would be a “most serious violation of international law.”

In a report to the U.N. Security Council, Guterres said an Israeli annexation would be “devastating” for hopes of negotiations and an eventual two-state solution. The document was sent to the Council one day before the body’s meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“This would be calamitous for Palestinians, Israelis and the region,” Guterres said.

The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has planned to begin the annexation process from July 1, as part of a so-called “peace plan” presented by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Security Council meeting, to be held Wednesday by video conference, will be the last major international meeting on the issue before the July 1 deadline.

Diplomats expect a vast majority of U.N. members to again oppose the Israeli plans, but they seem to rule out the idea that Israel could face sanctions, as it was the case for Russia after the annexation of Crimea.

“Any annexation would have quite big consequences for the two-state solution in the peace process,” an ambassador told AFP on condition of anonymity.

But the envoy said it was not a “simple task” to compare the West Bank with Crimea.

Earlier this month, Palestine’s leadership made a counter-proposal to Trump’s plan, proposing the establishment of a demilitarised and sovereign Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and besieged Gaza.

The Palestinian proposal also allows the possibility of adapting the borders between the proposed state and Israel, as well as exchanging land equal “in size and volume and in value,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had said.

Trump’s plan, in turn, consents to Israel’s annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank, including illegal settlements and the Jordan Valley.

Announced in late January, it grants Palestinians a disjointed and demilitarised entity with a capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem, while the disputed city would remain fully under Israeli sovereignty.


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  1. Another yawn from a globally impotent institution made of western oriented careerist men and women with minimum political will and even less leverage.

  2. There’s a problem with this article. Russia did not annex Crimea. Not in any way shape, or form.
    Crimea voted itself out of Ukraine, by Referendum. There was a clause in the law that tied Crimea to Ukraine, when USSR attached Crimea. Their thinking was Crimea would have the best chance to grow, with Ukraine. USSR was wrong. When Crimea saw what was happening in the Donbass, Crimea knew it was time to go. Russia has interests in Crimea, (duh) it was in the best interests of both to join the Federation, and by a second Referendum Crimea voted itself into the Federation. With Putin’s assistance, and blessing.
    Countries that are annexed are not rebuilt, upgraded, and the standard of living raised, businesses, agriculture, and the Kerch Strait Bridge made transportation easy, and less expensive. The brand new airport, power plant,, and
    re-opening of the Black Sea Resorts, all speak for themselves. Five years later Crimea is self-sufficient. Has it’s own military.
    Annexed countries, regions, etc., are exploited for resources, the people’s lives go from bad to worse, like say Palestine. It’s very clear what was/is planned for the Donbass, and would’ve happened, but for the people disagreeing with this plan, and been whuppin’ ass. And yes Putin is backing the Donbass, as much as US is supplying Ukraine, including personnel.
    Putin told Trump if he didn’t stop this shit, he’d arm all his (US) enemies. I think he’s been doing that.
    To state Crimea was annexed is inaccurate, misleading, and poor journalism. As an observation.

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