Europe: 15 EU States Call For Punitive Measures Against Israel

Officials in Tel Aviv have expressed concern over a letter signed by 15 European nations and the European Union, deeming it an introduction to punitive measures towards Israel.

Such measures may turn out to be a actuality if US President Donald Trump loses the electoral battle, they stated.

The EU and 15 European nations on Thursday renewed their opposition to Israeli plans to advance development plans in areas of Jerusalem past the Green Line.

They expressed their “grave concerns regarding the advancement of settlement construction in Givat Hamatos and potentially in the E1 area,” in keeping with the letter addressing Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

“Settlements are illegal under International Humanitarian Law,” it pressured, including that any additional settlement development on this strategically delicate space may have a devastating impression on a contiguous Palestinian State, in addition to severely undermining the opportunity of a negotiated two-state resolution consistent with internationally agreed parameters.

The 15 nations that signed the letter had been France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden.

This was the second letter despatched to Israel by the Europeans after sending the same one in May to reject the annexation plan.

In July, overseas ministers from 11 European nations demanded the EU present a fast record of doable actions to cease Israel from annexing elements of the occupied West Bank.

In a letter addressed to the EU overseas coverage chief, the highest officers requested for the potential “legal consequences” for Israel over its annexation move.

It was signed on the time by overseas ministers of Belgium, Ireland, Italy, France, Malta, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland.

Israel’s growth in E1, an space between East Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim, and Givat Hamatos, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, would severely undermine the territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged days earlier than common elections in March to advance plans to construct 1000’s of properties in each areas.

He additionally vowed to start out annexing elements of the West Bank slated underneath Trump’s peace plan, a promise that was equally denounced by the EU and lots of European states.

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