BRUSSELS, Sep. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The European Union has warned the future Israeli Government that it will “act accordingly” if the Jordan Valley is annexed, as it promised it would do if the outgoing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, won a slight advantage over Tuesday. votes, according to preliminary results.
“The EU will continue to monitor the situation closely, including any steps towards a possible annexation and will act accordingly,” warned the European diplomatic service headed by the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in a statement.
His spokesman, Maja Kocijancic, reiterated in a press conference on Wednesday the request of the EU to Israel to “end” its policy of settlement expansion and “dismantle the unauthorized settlements erected since March 2001”, in line with its commitments after the Israeli government approved this Sunday to legalize the unauthorized settlement of Mevo'ot Yeriho, located in the Jordan Valley.
“Following the last decision of the Israeli Government, we reiterate, once again, our position: All settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law,” he stressed.
The spokeswoman for the European diplomatic service has assured that the bloc follows “with interest” the results of the general elections in Israel and has hoped “that the future Israeli Government will act in accordance with International Law.”
In its note, the European diplomatic service has reiterated that “the EU will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with respect to Jerusalem, except those agreed by the parties” before Netanyahu's announcement on “the possible annexation of the valley of the Jordan and the north of the Dead Sea area “by Israel.
“Such steps, if carried out, would constitute a serious violation of International Law, would challenge the viability of a two-State solution and threaten regional stability and the prospects for a lasting peace,” he warned, warning the future Israeli Government of that the Union “will act accordingly” if it advances in its annexation.