The U.N.'s special Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said in a video briefing that such a move would come as a "devastating blow" to the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the same time, the E.U. declared that annexing Palestinian land "would constitute a serious violation of international law".
E.U.'s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the bloc does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Palestinian territory and that it will "continue to monitor the situation and its broader implications closely, and will act accordingly."
In total disregard with international consensus, U.S. President Donald Trump -a close ally to Netanyahu- has been enforcing pro-Israel policies since he came to power in 2016.
The White House has moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, and declared that West Bank settlements are not illegal.
In January, Trump unveiled his "deal of the century," an alleged "peace" plan that was embraced by Israel and rejected by the Palestinians for awarding the Jewish state most of what it has sought during decades of conflict.
Because of Israel's increase in illegal settlement building and its efforts to consolidate control over Palestinian lands, Some Palestinians believe that the two-state solution has become a distant dream.
Some argue that current circumstances make a one-state solution with equal rights for both Israeli and Palestinian citizens the only realistic option.