Annexation would increase Israeli control over occupied territories and negate prospects of a viable Palestinian state, legislators warn.
By Ali Harb | Middle East Eye | June 25, 2020
‘Let us be clear, without the [U.S.] administration’s plan, annexation would unlikely be considered by the Israeli leadership.’
—letter signed by all 15 Joint list legislators, led by Knesset Member Aida Touma-Sliman
Palestinian members of the Israeli parliament are calling on US Democrats to “take a firm stand” against Israel’s plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, and use “all the tools” at their disposal to prevent it.
In a letter addressed to Democratic members of the US Congress on Thursday, members of the Joint List, which represents Palestinian citizens of Israel, said annexation would be a violation of “universal values and norms”.
“We would respectfully suggest that this undermines American interests. We caution that any such move will destabilize the region further and will heighten the tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and its neighbors, notably Jordan,” reads the letter, led by Knesset Member Aida Touma-Sliman and signed by all 15 Joint list legislators.
The Joint List is the third-largest party in the Israeli parliament. The bloc’s statement comes less than a week before the 1 July deadline for the Israeli government to start the process of annexing parts of the occupied West Bank.