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Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan warn Israel that a unilateral move to extend sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria would have ‘consequences’ for relations

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Germany has issued a joint statement with France, Egypt and Jordan saying they would not recognize a unilateral Israeli move to extend sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria,warning it would have “consequences” for relations.

In a joint statement distributed by Germany’s foreign ministry after a video conference of the Foreign Ministers of the four countries focused on restarting talks between Israel and the Palestinians, they said: “We concur that any annexation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process.”

Germany chairs the rotating EU presidency since July 1.

“We would not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders that are not agreed by both parties in the conflict. It could also have consequences for the relationship with Israel,” the statement added.

‘’We underline our firm commitment to a negotiated two-state-solution based on international law and the relevant U.N. resolutions. We discussed how to re-start a fruitful engagement between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, and offer our support in facilitating a path to negotiations,” the statement said.

This statement was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated intention to begin applying Israeli law to parts of the territory in question, in accordance with U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan that was unveiled in January.

On Monday, Netanyahu had a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, during the conversation, Netanyahu “made it clear that Israel is prepared to conduct negotiations on the basis of President Trump’s peace plan, which is both creative and realistic, and will not return to the failed formulas of the past.”

Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan have warned Israel against applying its sovereignty in the West Bank following a video conference Tuesday focused on restarting talks between Israelis and Palestinians. 

In a joint statement distributed by Germany’s Foreign Ministry after a video conference of the Foreign Ministers of the four countries focused on restarting talks between Israel and the Palestinians, they said: “We concur that any annexation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and imperil the foundations of the peace process.”

“We would not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders that are not agreed by both parties in the conflict. It could also have consequences for the relationship with Israel,” the statement added.

‘’We underline our firm commitment to a negotiated two-state-solution based on international law and the relevant U.N. resolutions. We discussed how to re-start a fruitful engagement between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, and offer our support in facilitating a path to negotiations,” the statement said.

This statement was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated intention to begin applying Israeli law to parts of the territory in question, in accordance with U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan that was unveiled in January.

On Monday, Netanyahu had a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, during the conversation, Netanyahu “made it clear that Israel is prepared to conduct negotiations on the basis of President Trump’s peace plan, which is both creative and realistic, and will not return to the failed formulas of the past.”

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