UAE condemns Israeli plan to annex West Bank lands  06/01/2020 22:01:00   AP/Occupied Jerusalem

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Filed on June 2, 2020 | Last updated on June 2, 2020 at 06.38 am
UAE, condemns, Israeli plan, annex, West Bank lands

The United Arab Emirates on Monday called on Israel to halt a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank - joining a long list of Arab nations that have condemned the expected Israeli move.

The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter that annexing lands sought by the Palestinians would harm the chances for regional peace.

"Any unilateral Israeli move will be a serious setback for the peace process," he wrote on Twitter.

He added that annexation would "constitute a rejection of the international & Arab consensus towards stability & peace."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will annex parts of the West Bank, including the strategic Jordan Valley and dozens of Jewish settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Mideast plan. He has signalled he will begin moving forward with annexation next month.

The Trump plan envisions leaving about one third of the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967, under permanent Israeli control, while granting the Palestinians expanded autonomy in the remainder of the territory. The Palestinians, who seek all of the West Bank as part of an independent state, have rejected the plan, saying it unfairly favours Israel.

The annexation plan has come under harsh criticism from some of Israel's closest allies, who say that unilaterally redrawing the Mideast map would destroy any lingering hopes for establishing a Palestinian state and reaching a two-state peace agreement.

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