Boris Johnson urges Israel not to go ahead with West Bank annexation

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Boris Johnson urges Israel not to go ahead with West Bank annexation

Israel's unity government formed in May, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to start annexing parts of Palestinian territory in the West Bank on July 1.

Palestinians rivals Fatah and Hamas pledged a united campaign against Israel's prospective plans to annex territory in the occupied West Bank, in a rare joint press conference on Thursday.

"We are very concerned about this annexation announcement".

"Annexation would put in jeopardy the progress that Israel has made in improving relationships with the Arab and Muslim world", Johnson wrote, calling for a solution that allows justice and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Over decades, they've called for the world to stop Israel from placing hundreds of thousands of settlers in the West Bank, which is home to almost 3 million Palestinians. The worldwide community considers the territory to be occupied and Israel's more than 120 settlements to be illegal.

The Palestinians say it will destroy their hopes of a viable future state.

"They'll appear together and they'll agree about the significance and the importance of the annexation and the need to try to coordinate their efforts but I don't think they'll go beyond that", he added.

An aide to Netanyahu said talks with Washington - Israel's main ally - were continuing and that the prime minister had consulted Israeli defense officials on Wednesday, with more discussions to be held "in the coming days".

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He said he was "fearful that these proposals will fail in their objective of securing Israel's borders and will be contrary to Israel's own long-term interests" and "represent a violation of worldwide law", echoing remarks he made in parliament last month.

US officials said they would like the plan to have the support of Israel's two main parties, Netanyahu's Likud and Gantz's Blue and White.

He did not make any mention however of the Palestinians' refusal to negotiate with Israel.

Palestinian officials have condemned the annexation plan.

Israel's Channel 12 TV reported that American negotiators are asking Israel to make "a significant step" as a gesture to the Palestinians, such as handing over West Bank territory to Palestinian control comparable to that annexed. The resulting annexation plans, driven by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been described by the United Nations and the European Union as a violation of global law.

There has even been domestic opposition in Israel with the country's defence minister and alternate Prime Minister, Benny Gantz, who has said annexation must wait until the coronavirus crisis has been contained.

"It would also be a gift to those who want to perpetuate the old stories about Israel".

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