Jun 25, 2020 08:24 UTC
  • UN, European MPs, Arab League call on Israel to ditch West Bank annexation plans

The United Nations and the Arab League have called on Israel to abandon its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, with European lawmakers warning of "consequences" in case Tel Aviv moved forward with its project.

According to Press TV, speaking during a UN Security Council video conference on Wednesday in which several government ministers participated, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres repeated his call on Israel to “abandon its annexation plans”.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would start plans for annexing more areas in the occupied West Bank on July 1 in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s scheme.

At the virtual meeting, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said annexation "will destroy any prospect for peace in the future."

"The possible move by the Israeli cabinet to annex parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory would constitute, if implemented, a serious threat to regional stability," he added.

The UN Coordinator for West Asia, Nickolay Mladenov also warned that annexation "could irrevocably alter the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations."

Trump officially unveiled his scheme in January at the White House with Netanyahu on his side, while Palestinian representatives were not invited.

Meanwhile, some 1,080 lawmakers from 25 European countries warned that the annexation plans “will be fatal to the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace and will challenge the most basic norms guiding international relations”.

In a letter to European governments that was made public on Wednesday, the lawmakers said, "Acquisition of territory by force has no place in 2020."

They also warned of "commensurate consequences" if Israel went ahead with its plan -- a reference to possible economic, trade or other sanctions.