EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell: “Israel annexation measures will not go silent”

The European Union rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan in the Middle East and expressed concern about Israel's plans to annex more Palestinian land.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell In a statement Tuesday underlined the bloc commitment to a two-state solution, based on 1967 lines.

Borrell emphasized the possibility of mutually agreed land-swaps. On one side Israel the state of and on the other side “an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable state of Palestine.” The U.S. initiative, Borrell said, “departs from these internationally agreed parameters.”

He said that all EU governments reject the existence of Israeli settlements on land occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War. For the European Union, the occupied area includes the entire West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.

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Joseph Burrell said: “Steps towards annexation if implemented, could not pass without comment. We are especially concerned by statements on the prospect of annexation of the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank,” Borrell said.

This is a stricter stance on the peace plan expressed until now.

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“To build a just and lasting peace, the unresolved final status issues must be decided through direct negotiations between both parties,” Borrell said. “This includes notably the issues related to borders, the status of Jerusalem, security and the refugee question.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Trump’s plan, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has dismissed it, call it “nonsense.” Gulf Arab states rejected the plan as “biased.”

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