Belgium: EU 'doing all possible' to prevent Israeli annexation in West Bank — Borrell

EU's Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said they are «doing all possible» to prevent the Israeli annexation of settlements in the West Bank, during a European Parliament session in Brussels, on Thursday. Borrell stressed that the intention of the Israeli new coalition government is a known plan, and that 25 out of 27 member states consider it «contrary to international law.» «Let's not pretend we do not know it,» said Borrell. «We are doing all possible so that this does not happen diplomatically and so that we don't face a difficult situation later on,» he added. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to annex territories in the West Bank settlements, that have been occupied by the state since 1967, in violation of international law. Around half a million Israeli settlers are currently living in the occupied territory. Jordan and Egypt warned that an annexation would undermine the regional stability, a sentiment echoed by Borrell.

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