Plans of the Israeli government – From the 1. July’s Netanyahu on a crew tour for the first time, the partial annexation of the West Bank is in the coalition agreement of Israel. The EU does not know how they should react.Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Daniel Brössler39 Kommentare39Will about 30 percent of the West Bank Annex: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Photo: Gali Tibbon (Reuters)

The day X is coming closer. So far, European diplomats had pointed out that have enough time to stay, to agree on a common response of the EU member States, should follow the various announcements of an annexation of Parts of the West Bank actually is doing. But since Sunday a new government in Israel is in the office, which has for the first time fixed the implementation of the Plan in writing.

In the coalition agreement concluded by Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, is even a concrete date of: “From 1. July” could Premier Netanyahu steps for the “extension of sovereignty” – in Israel, common name for annexation. As a template, in January of U.S. President Donald Trump presented a middle East plan is used. According to him, the Jordan valley and the areas to be hit with settlements of Israel – about 30 percent of the West Bank. The scattered remaining areas of a state could arise for the Palestinians.

reservations against unilateral steps

until now, it was Netanyahu, despite multiple announcements in front of a De-jure annexation of the occupied West Bank recoiled, even though in his period in government, since 2009, de facto steps done were that a two-state solution more difficult. Meanwhile, some two million Palestinians and about 600’000 Israelis in 200 settlements in the West Bank.

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has pushed at the beginning of his visit last week in Jerusalem on “progress” in the implementation of the middle East plan. Pompeo met not only with Netanyahu but also with Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi. The two leaders of the Blue-and-White, the defense and foreign Ministers to key positions in the implementation of these plans, should have made their reservations against unilateral steps without consultations with the Palestinians and other countries.

Two days after Pompeos return, a spokesperson for the US stated Department of state that the US wants direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and other regional actors. Prior to that, Jordan’s king Abdullah had threatened with a suspension of 25 years ago, the peace Treaty with Israel if Netanyahu businesses unilateral steps of the annexation.

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo (l) and Israel’s new defense Minister Benny Gantz.Photo: Sebastian Scheiner (Reuters)

In its eagerly awaited public declarations on taking office in their departments, Gantz and Ashkenazi have not spoken reaffirms its commitment to the implementation of trump’s Plan, but of annexation and the preservation of strategic interests, as well as the need for dialogue was stressed. Gantz was in many ways vague and had just set, the Jordan valley, not to give up.

While Scandinavians and the French insistence on a threat of sanctions, turn to Hungary and Austrians against criticism of the new government.

Provisionally, the majority of Europeans about Israel to dissuade but of concrete action. We call on Israel, “with emphasis, of any unilateral decision to be taken that would lead to an annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories and the peoples would be illegal,” declared the EU’s external representative, Josep Borrell on Monday evening.

the attitude within the EU, however, is not. While Scandinavians and the French insistence on a threat of sanctions, turn to Hungary and Austrians against the all-too-pointed criticism of the new government. Germany sees itself in this conflict, as in the past, as a Mediator.

the leadership of The Palestinians has not used the time since the presentation of trump’s Plan in January to develop an alternative concept. In the past few days, shocks in the West Bank between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers piled up together, it was Dead. This tension could increase the day X more. On Tuesday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel and the United States.

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