Israel’s July 1 deadline for annexation of the Jordan Valley has been postponed for various reasons. Israel now suffering from a second spike of the coronavirus could be the reason for suspending the annexation. In the last few days there have been over 800 infections discovered throughout the country.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Palestinians to prepare to engage in negotiations on the West Bank annexation. He has asked the state not to miss out on a historic deliberation that will bring peace to both Palestinians and Israelis in the region.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen has reportedly delivered a message to Jordan’s King Abdullah II from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The move is just one among many being used by Israel to pacify Arab nations that have a cooperation pact with Israel. The agreement with Jordan dates back to 1994.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the ambition to eventually etch his name in the history books as the leader who annexed the West Bank. The move will be a crucial milestone in his legacy. His annexation plans are, however, set to hit a few major hurdles.
Thousands demonstrated in Jericho on Monday in the largest demonstration in the West Bank since the announcement of the American plan for the Middle East in late January. Protesters chanted slogans, “Palestine is not for sale,” and “No Palestinian state without the Jordan Valley,” as witnessed by journalists.
Israel has finally formed a unified coalition government, combining both sides— Likud and Blue and White, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. U.S. President Donald Trump, represented by Jared Kushner, urged Israel to make a government before planned annexation of the Jordan Valley.
Israel’s plan to annex some parts of Palestinian territory is facing pushback from a slew of western nations that include members of the European Union. Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, however, insisted that the scheme will go ahead as planned. Israel will be moving to annex 30 percent of the West Bank.
Israel, in the last two weeks has made an attempt to return to normalcy. Schools have been reopened. The children are required to wear face covers and obey social distancing. Synagogues are active, for the most part, allowing up to 50 congregants again, so long as they wear face masks and obey social distancing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clarified that Palestinians residing in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley won’t get Israeli citizenship after annexation. Speaking to the Makor Rishon newspaper on Thursday, the prime minister said that the whole area will be under the control of the Israeli military forces, and there will be no special privileges for Palestinians residing there.
Israel is celebrating Jerusalem Day on Friday, in memory of the day in which Israel took possession of East Jerusalem and the Western Wall during the Six Day War. The State of Israel also observed its 72nd year of independence last month. After three elections, Israel was finally successful in making a united coalition emergency government.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be traveling to Israel on Wednesday, this week amid the Covid-19 epidemic. He’s expected to talk with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Israel’s plan to annex some parts of the West Bank. This is according to a statement released by the State Department on Friday.
France has asked the European Union to consider a tough response to Israel’s West Bank annexation plans. This is according to three EU diplomats with knowledge on the matter. Ireland, Belgium, and Luxembourg reportedly discussed enacting punitive economic measures on Israel during last week’s foreign ministers’ meeting.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed confidence that the US will give Israel the green light to go ahead with its West Bank annexation plans. Netanyahu’s coalition government, which includes his centrist rival, Benny Gantz, will begin discussions on the matter on July 1.
Israel has been warned by both the European Union and the United Nations against annexing sections of the occupied West Bank. UN Middle East representative Nickolay Mladenov has said that such a move would undermine efforts to forge an internationally-recognized two-state solution that is designed to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a video conference with the UN Security Council, Mladenov has underlined that the annexation is a growing threat.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has categorically rejected the plans of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a portion of the West Bank. In an emergency meeting held by the OIC in Jeddah at the weekend, OIC member states expressed strong rejection and condemnation of the Israeli PM’s declaration.
On Saturday September 7 two Israeli a boy 17 years old and his father were going to a dental clinic in an Arab village near the Palestinian town of Azzun. A fifteen year old local teenage approached the two and asked is they were Jewish, then stabbed them. The boy was seriously injured and the father was slightly injured in the attack. The Arab boy surrendered himself to the Palestinian security forces. The two Jews were rescued by the Arab dentist who they had intended to visit for a treatment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea to Israel if he wins next week’s general election. Observers believe that Netanyahu raised this matter at this time to win votes in the upcoming elections, especially right-wing voters. Israel considers the control of the Jordan Valley necessary to prevent a future Palestinian state.