SABC NEWS: Israel’s plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank is sending major shockwaves through the international community. The United Nations has warned that the plans would constitute a most serious violation of international law. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet is preparing to start discussions on July the 1st on the annexation of the West Bank – which happens to be territory that Israel captured in a 1967 war and that Palestinians seek for a state. Palestinians vehemently oppose the annexation plan.
Annexation is the forcible acquisition of one state’s territory by another state and is generally held to be an illegal act. Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, Naeem Jeenah, says this annexation by Israel is illegal. The West Bank region is a landlocked territory found close to the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, bordered by Jordan to the east and by the Green Line separating it and Israel on the south, west and north. The West Bank also contains a significant section of the western Dead Sea shore.
The Daily Sabah reports that, Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu daily widely seen as reflecting his views, said the right-wing leader was now looking at the possibility of annexation in two phases. It said Netanyahu, who has set July 1 for the start of a Cabinet debate on the issue, was considering annexing only small settlements in phase one and, after renewing calls to Palestinians for peace talks, then annexing the remaining ones.
Netanyahu’s annexation pledges have raised stiff opposition from the Palestinians, Turkey, Arab countries and European nations, and Israeli officials say Washington has yet to agree to the move.
Source inputs: Daily Sabah | Newsbreak
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