‘I want to see an outcome that delivers justice for both Israelis and Palestinians….annexation would represent a violation of international law’
Boris Johnson has issued a last-gasp plea to Israel to pull back from illegally annexing much of the West Bank, warning it will fail to deliver “justice” for Palestinians.
In an opinion piece for an Israeli newspaper, the prime minister calls himself “a passionate defender of Israel” – but sharply criticises Benjamin Netanyahu’ plans, which have provoked an international outcry.
“I want to see an outcome that delivers justice for both Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr Johnson has written.
“Annexation would represent a violation of international law. It would also be a gift to those who want to perpetuate the old stories about Israel.
“I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead. If it does, the UK will not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties. There is another way.”
Mr Netanyahu has vowed to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank, having been given the green light by Donald Trump’s so-called ‘peace plan’ released in January.
It would leave a fragmented Palestinian state pockmarked by Israeli settlements, critics say, rejecting their fundamental demands, such as a capital in East Jerusalem.
Some have drawn comparisons with apartheid-era South Africa, warning Israel will be denying Palestinians their basic rights.
In the article, for Yedioth Ahronoth, Mr Johnson speaks of his “sadness” as “a life-long friend, admirer and supporter of Israel”.
“I am 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,” the prime minister says.
Source: INDEPENDENT (UK)