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  • A man throws a stone at Israeli forces during a protest in Hebron, West Bank, June 26, 2020.

    A man throws a stone at Israeli forces during a protest in Hebron, West Bank, June 26, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 1 July 2020
Opinion

The annexation of the West Bank territories would be a new violation of international law.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday admitted that the plan to annex 30 percent of the West Bank's Palestinian territory will postpone because U.S. President Donald Trump has not yet given the green light.

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"The government's dialogue with the U.S. will continue in the coming days. The West Bank annexation scheduled for Wednesday is not imminent," Netanyahu acknowledged.

The White House is afraid to give the go-ahead to the operation because of the international repudiation that Israel has received. 

In the region, it is not only the Palestinians who are against it. So are Jordan, Egypt, and the Persian Gulf monarchies. 

The United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also rejected the plan. Experts say Trump is not concerned about that but neither is he motivated to give the go-ahead.

The U.S. "Deal of the Century" allows Israel's annexation of Palestine's lands illegally occupied. In exchange, Palestine can rule over the rest of its territory permanently. 

"We will not negotiate while the U.S.-Israel's plan is on the table. It is not a peace deal, but an annexation," Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee's Secretary General Saeb Erekat said. 

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