French President Emmanuel Macron asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from annexing Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere during a phone call between the two leaders.
The office of the French president said in a statement on Friday that Macron “had stressed that such a decision would violate international law and jeopardize the possibility of a two-state solution as the basis for a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians” .
It is the latest decision by European leaders to urge Netanyahu to abandon plans to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley.
The controversial decision was endorsed in a plan for the Middle East released by US President Donald Trump in January.
The Israeli government had set July 1 as the date by which it could start taking over Palestinian areas, where the population of Israeli settlers has increased since the Six Day War of 1967.
The foreign ministries of France and Germany, as well as those of Egypt and Jordan – the only Arab states to have concluded peace agreements with Israel – warned this week that any annexation could have “Consequences” on relationships.
But Macron told Netanyahu that France remains committed to the security of Israel and “expressed its attachment to the friendship and trust that bind France and Israel,” said his office.