Netanyahu’s plan: a “mini” annexation
A mini annexation and without the Jordan Valley: this would be the idea that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, intends to pursue, at least in a first phase, in the extension – in the wake of Trump’s peace plan – of the sovereignty of Israel to parts of the West Bank scheduled for early July. In practice – according to official sources cited anonymously by the Times of Israel – it would concern the three great “blocks” of the largest Jewish settlements, oldest in time and stable: Maalè Adumim, Gush Etzion and Ariel. Areas well defined also from a geographical and border mapping point of view, which are located the first two south and east of Jerusalem, while the third is in the north east of the West Bank but connected to the suburbs of Tel Aviv.
If this were the case – the same source pointed out – the exclusion of the Jordan Valley, at least in the initial phase, would allow us not to deepen the tensions with neighboring Jordan, which has already expressed clear opposition to Israeli intentions.
German Minister: annexations outside international law
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed Germany’s “grave concern” over Israel’s intention to annex the West Bank. “As friends of Israel, we are very concerned about annexation, which is not reconciled with international law.” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said so when he met his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem. «We continue to support the 2-state solution. A creative push is needed to revive the negotiations ». Maas will also see Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Immediately afterwards he will have an interview on the Internet with the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Sthayyeh and then he will continue to Amman.