The Israeli political regime has united on the agenda of permanent colonization and annexation. It is now very clear that Israeli political parties are unequivocally committed to the entrenchment and permanence of the conflict as well as the perpetual oppression of the Palestinian people with the full support and backing of the Trump administration, which is clearly intent on implementing its dangerous and objectionable plan. Annexation is a declaration of permanent aggression on inalienable Palestinian rights and the standing of international law.
What will be left to negotiate about after Israel annexes the occupied Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea and enforces Israeli law on the illegal settlements spread throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and in light of the American recognition of Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem.
22 June – Israeli army checkpoints prevent Palestinians from reaching Jericho’s anti-annexation rally
Israeli forces prevented dozens of buses carrying hundreds of protesters coming from the northern West Bank from reaching Jericho in response to calls made by Fatah movement to join together to express the total and absolute rejection of Israel’s unilateral plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces shut down two military checkpoints, in the northern Jordan Valley, and attacked participants with tear gas canisters and prevented them from crossing the checkpoint to participate in the mass gathering in Jericho. Forces attacked participants with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters, shooting and injuring four people and causing suffocation to four others).
22 June – Israel’s annexation plan begins to claim Palestinian lives – an infant is its first victim
The Palestinian territories reported last week the first victim of Israel’s plan to annex a large swath of occupied West Bank territory – an eight-month old infant from the Gaza Strip. an infant with a cardiac condition, died on Thursday following a one-month postponement of his scheduled operation at Sheba Medical Center in Israel. The reason for the delay was the suspension of the activities of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee – the body in charge of coordinating civil affairs with Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
20 June – President’s spokesman: Either an independent state of Palestine, or no peace, no stability, no security
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said last night that there will either be an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders or there will be no peace, no security and no stability in the region. “The United States and Israel should fully understand that the message of the Palestinian people is clear: We will not accept annexation of even one centimeter. There will either be a Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, or there will be no security, no peace, and no stability in the region,” he said.
19 June – UNHRC adopts resolution on accountability of Israel, says Al-Malki
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad al-Malki said that the UN Human Rights Council approved a draft resolution submitted by the State of Palestine, which calls for holding Israel accountable for its human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian Territory. He said 22 states voted in favor, 17 countries abstained, and eight countries voted against of the draft resolution submitted by the State of Palestine through its Permenant Mission in the United Nations.
17 June – Rights groups call on UN, international community to oppose Israeli annexation plan
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and four partner Palestinian human rights organizations called on the United Nations and the international community to vehemently oppose Israel’s looming annexation of large swaths of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and to push for the dismantling of all Israeli settlements. Adalah and partner groups warned that annexation will normalize Israel’s colonial project and amounts to apartheid via the continued expansion and construction of illegal settlements, displacement and dispossession of Palestinians, and demographic manipulation.
14 June – Erekat says an Israeli annexation means an extermination of negotiated peace
Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that an annexation of even “one inch” of the occupied Palestinian Territory by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means an extermination of any chance of peace in the region. Erekat said, “If Netanyahu goes ahead with the annexation and apartheid, then he must ally with the American racist extremist organization, Klu Klux Klan, and must be ready to assume all his responsibilities as an occupying power.”
14 June – UNSC to convene on June 24 to discuss Israel’s annexation plan – official
The United Nations Security Council will be meeting on June 24 at the level of the foreign ministers to discuss Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Invitations for the meeting were sent out to the foreign ministers of many countries, including the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Arab League. The meeting will most likely be attended by Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
13 June – Netherlands, Morocco reject proposed Israeli annexation plan
The governments of the Netherlands and Morocco expressed their opposition to the proposed Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, saying the plan breaches international law and resolutions.
12 June – Tunisia calls for urgent action, warns against repercussions of Israel expansion plan
Tunisia called on the international community and global institutions to take urgent action to press Israel to comply with the peace track and prevent the implementation of its annexation plan, while warning of the serious repercussions of the Israeli expansionist endeavour and de facto policy.
12 June – US lawmakers urge US ambassador to Israel to ‘publicly’ condemn settler violence
Dozens of US lawmakers urged US ambassador to Israel David Freidman to strongly and publicly condemn Israeli settler violence against the Palestinian people. In their letter to Friedman, the 54 Democratic Party members of Congress expressed “concern with reports of acts of violence perpetrated” by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank, and asked Friedman to join them “in strongly condemning all acts of violence, whether perpetrated against Israelis or Palestinians.”
11 June – In an open letter to the Israeli government, international law scholars condemn annexation
More than 100 public international law scholars have signed an open letter addressed to top Israeli government officials condemning Israel’s plan to illegally annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank.
10 June – OIC warns against Israel’s intentions to annex parts of occupied West Bank
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned against the dangerous intention of Israel, the occupying power, to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, and considers the Israeli threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank an official declaration by Israel of revocation of all its signed agreements a termination of the negotiated solution.
10 June – Greek Foreign Minister affirms his country’s commitment to the two-state solution
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias affirmed his country’s commitment to international law and United Nations resolutions, and the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
10 June – Austria: A solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be based on international resolutions
Austria’s position is that a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be based on international resolutions and law and the two-state solution.
10 June – With the annexation plan looming in the air, Israel intensifies opening new settlement roads
Israeli bulldozers are actively working on opening settlement roads in the north and east of the occupied West Bank apparently in preparation for the annexation of a large area of the Palestinian territory.
09 June – Presidency praises Saudi Arabia’s rejection of Israel’s annexation plans
Saudi Arabia’s council of ministers, headed by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, reaffirmed their unwavering positions toward the Palestinian issue, rejecting in a statement Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.
09 June – South Africa pledges strong, unequivocal stand against Israel’s annexation move
South Africa pledged to urge member countries of the African Union to take strong and unequivocal stand against Israel’s looming illegal move to annex large swaths of the West Bank. Naledi Pandor affirmed that her country was taking action on numerous levels, including at the government, parliament and civil society levels, to counter Israel’s move, and stressed her country’s support for the Palestinian leadership’s position calling for convening an international peace conference based on the agreed-upon international terms of reference to end the Israeli occupation and establish the independent Palestinian state.
09 June – Canada: Israeli annexation of occupied territories is contrary to international law
Canada said that it supports the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and rejects Israeli annexation of West Bank territory as contrary to international law. Francois Philippe Champagne told Riyad Malki during a telephone conversation that if Canada is elected as a member of the United Nations Security Council, it will not remain silent, but rather it will speak out for peace and stability in the Middle East, and that Canada will work with the Palestinian and Israeli parties to achieve the desired peace.
07 June – Chilean foreign minister slams Israel’s annexation plans as dangerous
Chilean Foreign Minister, Teodoro Ribera, slammed the Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank land as a dangerous step with unpredictable consequences on achieving a just and peaceful solution to the conflict, which would hinder any peace settlement on the basis of a two-state solution based on United Nations resolutions. Ribera stressed that the government of Chile supports all efforts exerted toward achieving a durable peace and respect and recognizing the right of both states to exist in peace within secure and recognized borders, calling to create opportunities for good-faith dialogue and resuming negotiations for the well-being of both peoples.
03 June – Italy expresses worries about Israel’s impending annexation move
“Italy is worried by the prospect of unilateral annexations by the Israelis of territories in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. If carried out, this plan would seriously jeopardize any possibility of resuming direct peace talks,” stated Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Marina Sereni during the video meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee.
28 May – PLO official says Slovenia stands against Israeli annexation of occupied territory
Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat said today that Slovenia stands against Israel’s planned annexation of occupied territories in the West Bank. “Supporting a rules-based world order is a key interest for all peace-loving countries,” said Erekat in a tweet after talking to Slovenian Foreign Minister Tone Kajzer.
28 May – ICC seeks clarification from Palestinian Authority regarding ending agreements with Israel
The International Criminal Court has requested clarifications from the Palestinian Authority regarding its decision to end all agreements with Israel in light of the latter’s decision to annex a large part of the occupied Palestinian territory. The Court asked Palestine to “provide additional information on this matter, including with regard to the Oslo agreements between Palestine and Israel,” said Omar Awadallah, head of the General Department of the United Nations, its Specialized Organizations and Human Rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, noting that “the Court will shoulder its responsibilities as the party investigating the crimes in Palestine, and that the declaration will not affect Palestine’s status on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, along with the subsequent recognition by the countries of the world and the change of its status to an observer member in the United Nations in 2012.”
24 May – Italian lawmakers urge action against Israel’s annexation move
Seventy members of the Italian parliament has sent a letter to Premier Giuseppe Conte, urging him to condemn Israel’s unilateral move to apply sovereignty over, or in other words to annex, the Jordan Valley and the illegal colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.
23 May – Anglican Church of Canada urges government to take action against Israeli annexation plan
The Anglican Church of Canada sent a letter to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, François-Philippe Champagne, expressing with great concern Canada’s silence regarding the plans of the current coalition government of Israel to annex a significant part of the occupied Palestinian territories.
22 May – US Senators urge Netanyahu and Gantz not to go ahead with annexation plan
Eighteen Senate Democrats expressed grave concern regarding unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory starting potentially as early as July. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “Defense” Minister Benny Gantz, the senators warned that such a move would mark a dramatic reversal of decades of shared understandings between the United States, Israel, the Palestinians and the international community, and would impact Israel’s future, placing its security and democracy at risk.
21 May – Arab League backs President Abbas against Israel’s annexation plan
The Arab League affirmed its support for the positions of President Mahmoud Abbas in face of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. In a statement, the Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories, Saeed Abu Ali, said it is time for the international community to take practical steps towards ending the occupation and recognizing the independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.
21 May – Premier briefs security officials on the mechanisms to end contact with Israel
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh chaired a meeting with the heads of the Palestinian security forces at his office in Ramallah, where he discussed with them the mechanisms to immediately implement the decision of the Palestinian leadership regarding ending all agreements and contacts with Israel.
21 May – Shtayyeh calls on EU to break Israel’s ‘fait accompli’ by recognizing State of Palestine
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called today upon the European Union to break the fait accompli which Israel has been trying to impose, by recognizing the State of Palestine as in independent country and pressuring Israel not to go ahead with its West Bank annexation plan.
21 May – Luxemburg: Annexation represents a lethal blow to the two-state solution
Jean Asselborn, the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, has voiced grave concern over Israel’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley region to its sovereignty, saying such an annexation will be a blow to the two-state solution.
19 May – President Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US; turns over responsibility on occupied lands to Israel
President Mahmoud Abbas said that “The Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine, with all its consequences and repercussions based on international law and international humanitarian law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which holds the occupying power responsible for the protection of the civilian population under occupation and their property, criminalizes collective punishment, bans theft of resources, appropriation and annexation of land, bans forced transfer of the population of the occupied territory and bans transfer of the population of the occupying state (the colonialists) to the land it occupies, which all are grave violations and war crimes.”
19 May – EU says it will not recognize any unagreed on changes to the West Bank’s 1967 borders
While congratulating Israel for the formation of its new government, European Union High Representative Josep Borrell reminded Israel, in light of its plans to annex occupied West Bank Palestinian land, that the EU will not recognize any unagreed on changes to the 1967 borders.
17 May – US senator warns Netanyahu about implications of unilateral annexation
US Senator Dianne Feinstein has warned in an identical letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer about the implications of a unilateral Israeli annexation of land in the occupied West Bank.
“I fear that any steps taken by Israel to unilaterally annex land in the West Bank will result in long-term costs to Israel’s national security and diplomatic relations,” said Feinstein in her letter.
The US senator urged that an agreement with the Palestinians “is the only path toward an enduring resolution of the conflict that satisfies both the Palestinians’ inherent right to self-determination and Israel’s future as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state.”
12 May – Council of Churches appeal to EU for firm stance against Israeli annexation plans
In a joint letter to European Union foreign ministers, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) appealed for a firm and principled stance by the EU against any annexation by Israel of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.
“Any such annexation would constitute a grave violation of international law and, as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov has observed, ‘deal a devastating blow to the two-state solution, close the door to a renewal of negotiations, and threaten efforts to advance regional peace’,” said the letter.
11 May – Ireland, Greece express rejection of Israel’s annexation move
Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat tweeted that he had in-depth talks with Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveny as well as with Greece foreign minister Nikolaos Dendias, during which the European diplomats called for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and implementing the two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders in line with international law. He added that the diplomats expressed their firm rejection of Israel’s illegal plan to apply Israeli sovereignty over, or in other words to annex, the Jordan Valley and the illegal colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank.
“Annexation will destroy any chance of a negotiated agreement between Palestinians and Israelis,” he reported Coveny as stating during their talks. He pointed out that Dendias also expressed opposition to the construction of Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank and that Israeli practice of apartheid against the Palestinian people.
10 May – President orders formation of a committee to respond to Israel’s annexation plan
President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the formation of a special committee tasked with following up the Palestinian response to the impending Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank. The committee will be formed from the PLO Central Committee and the Fatah Executive Committee, and that it will submit its recommendations on the subject to the PLO Executive Committee for approval.
07 May – Turkey condemn Israel’s settlement expansion plan
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the move was a “continuation of Israel’s policy of occupation and oppression.” The plan is evidence of “Israel’s drive to continue usurping the rights of Palestinians through blatant illegal settlement activity.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry added that Israel was eliminating any possibility of a two-state solution through the persistent expansion of its illegal settlements in Palestinian territories.
09 May – Rights group urge EU to impose sanctions on Israel for its annexation plan
In a letter sent to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) has expressed concerns over Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank, saying it was part of the ongoing ethnic cleansing, apartheid and colonization. “This is not the first time that Israel has tried to illegally annex parts of territories it occupies,” said the ECCP, “Israel already annexed occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and Syria’s Golan Heights in 1981, in gross violation of international law.”
07 May – UN Security Council to convene to discuss Israel’s annexation plan
The UN Security Council will convene on the 20th of the this month to discuss Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, and to mobilize international pressure on Israel to cancel this plan.
07 May – Holy Land Patriarchs say Israeli annexation plans raise catastrophic questions about peacemaking
“As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic questions about the feasibility of any peaceful agreement to end the decades-long conflict, one that continues to cost many innocent lives as part of a vicious cycle of human tragedy and injustice,” read the statement by the Council of the Patriarchs and Heads of the Holy Land Churches.
06 May – President Abbas: If Israel annexes Palestinian territory, we are absolved of all agreements
“I want to tell you here that if the Israeli government begins annexation, whether in the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the settlements or in the Jordan Valley, we consider ourselves absolved of all the agreements we signed with them and with the American administration because it is the one who brought the deal of the century, they are the ones who motivated the Israelis to carry on the annexation, and they are the ones who pushed them into this matter. They cannot tell us that they have nothing to do with it and that it is an Israel decision,” President Abbas told a meeting for Fatah Central Committee held in Ramallah last night.
05 May – UN: Israel’s Planned Annexation of Occupied Territory Threatens Two-State Solution
It falls on the international community to rally our support and solidarity behind the Palestinian people to prevent annexation, which constitutes a grave breach of international law and flagrant violation of UN resolutions, including resolution 2334 (2016), which calls for an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and the fulfilment of the rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and independence. The prohibition on acquisition of territory by force is absolute in the UN Charter. The expansion of Israel’s control over the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, is eroding the internationally agreed two-State solution. The goal of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security along the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian State, remains unchanged, yet unattained and at great risk.
04 May – President Abbas to nullify agreements if Israel annexes parts of West Bank
Speaking before the special online Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit via videoconference, Abbas reiterated that if Israel moves to apply sovereignty over, or in other words to annex, the Jordan Valley and the illegal colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank, he would absolve all agreements with it and the US.
“We have informed all international parties that should Israel take this step, we will be absolved of all obligations, agreements and understandings with Israel and the US Administration,” he stated.
He urged the United Nations (UN), the UN Security Council and the international community at large to “to prevent the Israeli government from taking advantage of the pandemic to move ahead with its plans to annex parts of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967 in violation of the Palestinian people’s rights and in grave breach of international law, thus destroying any remaining chance for realizing the two-state solution and establishing a just and lasting peace and security.”
01 May – Arab Foreign Ministers condemn Israeli plan to annex parts of occupied West Bank
Arab foreign ministers called Thursday on the International Quartet to hold an urgent meeting to save peace chances and the two-state solution, and to take international action consistent with UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.
“Israel’s plan to annex any part of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967, including the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea, and the Israeli settlements and their surroundings, is considered a war crime,” said the final communique released following the emergency meeting.
“We urge the international community and the United Nations, including the Security Council, to take responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, ensuring the enforcement of international law and international legitimacy decisions in the occupied Palestinian territory, and preventing the Israeli occupation government from implementing the annexation plans,” the ministers said.
28 April – Palestinian FM denounces US readiness to recognize Israel’s annexation of occupied lands
“We are prepared to recognize Israeli actions to extend Israeli sovereignty and the application of Israeli law to areas of the West Bank,” said a US State Department spokesperson, but added that this would be “in the context of the Government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in (US) President (Donald) Trump’s vision.”
Reacting to these remarks, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement that it “condemns in the strongest terms” these statements and considers them “an extension of the unqualified US bias to the (Israeli) occupation and its expansionist colonial policies at the expense of the territory of the State of Palestine.”
The Foreign Ministry considered this US position “a flagrant coup against international terms of reference of the peace process, mainly land for peace, the principle of a two-state solution and the relevant United Nations resolutions that the US administration has replaced with the so-called deal of the century as a vision of President Trump.”
23 April – Annexation a serious violation of international law, says EU
The European Union reaffirmed its position on the status of the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, saying that any annexation would constitute a serious violation of international law.
This came in a statement released today, where the EU said “The European Union’s position on the status of the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 remains unchanged,” the statement said. “In line with international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied West Bank.”
22 April – President Abbas pledges to take all necessary measures to safeguard national rights
President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to take all necessary decisions and measures to safeguard the Palestinian national rights following Israel’s plan to further annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Nobody should be under the illusion that they could exploit the current global occupation with the coronavirus pandemic crisis to encroach upon our national rights,” Abbas warned.
“We are on the lookout for anyone who might contemplate tampering with our right to or circumventing our firm national decision to establish our free and independent state on our territory with East Jerusalem as its capital in line with international legitimacy resolutions. We will take every decision or measures necessary to safeguard our national rights and fundamental principles,” he added.
“We have informed the relevant international parties, including the American and Israeli governments, that we will not stand hand-cuffed if Israel announces the annexation of any part of our land. We will regard all agreements and understandings with these two governments absolutely null based on the relevant [Palestinian] National Council and Central Council’s resolutions.”
17 April – Statement by 56 Former Members of the Israeli Parliament Against Annexation
“Annexation would mean a fatal blow to the possibility of peace and the establishment of an Apartheid State. Democracy, equality and social justice all depend on a just peace and an end to the Occupation.”