On 10 September 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would annex large swathes of occupied Palestinian territories in case of his re-election. He said he would apply “Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea”. Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat said such annexation moves would “bury any chance of peace”.
Annexation under international law is a war crime.
Dr. Nasser Alkidwa, Chairman of Yasser Arafat Foundation, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority attempted to enumerate the policies, measures and actions that Israel has and continues to perpetrate against the Palestinian people: to seize their land and destroy their rights and national goals; against the Arab region; in violation of the principles of international law and the provisions of the United Nations Charter; or in breach or grave breach of international humanitarian law and international human rights law (war crimes and crimes against humanity); or in violation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions; or in violation of the 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice; as well as in violation of the values and principles upon which the international system is based. In addition to all of the above, Israel has and continues to violate its agreements with the parties and undermine the possibility of a negotiated solution.