The United Nations warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected would have no “international legal effect.”
The secretary-general’s position has always been clear: unilateral actions are not helpful in the peace process,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “Any Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdictions and administration in the occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect,” the spokesman added.
“Such a prospect would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace, and the very essence of a two-state solution.” The Jordan Valley accounts for around one-third of the West Bank, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War — a move never recognised by the international community.
In a possible gambit to boost his electoral chances, Israel’s prime minister has said that Israel will impose its sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and other settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins next week’s Israeli election.
Speaking at a press conference, Benjamin Netanyahu said: “[U.S.] President Trump said he will present his Deal of the Century a few days after the [Sept. 17] election and this presents us with a great opportunity to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria [West Bank] and other areas.”
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