Foreign ministers of Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan urged Israel to abandon plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, warning that such action could have “consequences” for relationships.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had set July 1 as the date by which it could begin annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as in the strategic Jordan Valley.
The move was approved by a plan for the Middle East released by U.S. President Donald Trump in January.
Netanyahu’s office made no announcement on July 1, but said talks were continuing with US officials and Israeli security chiefs.
“We agree that any annexation of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 would be a violation of international law and would jeopardize the foundations of the peace process,” the ministers said in a statement after a joint videoconference on Tuesday.
“We would not recognize any change to the 1967 borders that was not accepted by both parties to the conflict.