Mar 01, 2021 13:57 UTC
  • Over 400 EU lawmakers urge leaders to stop Israeli annexation

More than 400 European lawmakers have urged leaders to stop Israel's "de-facto annexation" of the occupied West Bank.

According to Press TV, the parliamentarians said in a letter addressed to European foreign ministers and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell that the administration of former US President Donald Trump had left the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “farther away from peace than ever”.

"The Biden administration presents a chance to correct course," the politicians, including members of national legislatures and senates, as well as members of the European parliament said in the letter, cited by Agence France-Presse. 

Trump adopted a pro-Israel policy during his presidency.

He sparked controversy by officially recognizing al-Quds as the Israeli "capital" in December 2017, before moving the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv in May 2018.

Israel lays claim to the entire al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory and Palestinians consider it the capital of their future state.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 478, adopted on August 20, 1980, prohibits countries from establishing diplomatic missions in al-Quds.

Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with East al-Quds as its capital, have condemned the US pro-Israel agenda.

Emboldened by the anti-Palestine policies of Trump, Israel stepped up its settlement expansion in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which pronounces settlements in the West Bank and East al-Quds “a flagrant violation under international law.”