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The EU will not recognize the unilateral annexation of the Jordan Valley by Israel

September 13, 2019


The European Union will not recognize any unilateral annexation of the Jordan Valley by Israel, the European diplomatic service has warned in response to the plan announced this week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take control of the border area with Jordan located in the occupied West Bank if he wins the September 17 elections.

“The EU will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with respect to Jerusalem, except those agreed between the parties,” European diplomatic service spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said in a press conference following the plan announced by Netanyahu

The spokeswoman has stressed that this position has been reaffirmed by the Twenty-eight on “numerous” occasions, while again denouncing the “illegal” policy of construction and expansion of Jewish settlements of the Israeli Government, which undermines the viability of a solution of two states and a lasting peace in the region.

“The policy of construction and expansion of settlements, included in East Jerusalem, is illegal under International Law,” the spokeswoman recalled. “Its continuity and the actions taken in this context undermine the viability of a two-State solution and the prospects for a lasting peace,” he denounced.

The spokeswoman has not clarified whether the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, has maintained or anticipates direct contacts with Netanyahu to transfer the European position on her controversial plan and has not ruled on whether the block would contemplate pressure measures on Israel.

“We continue to carry this message. We have reacted and we will continue to react,” he said.