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More world leaders take stand against Netanyahu’s annexation plan

Jordan's King Abdullah and leaders of the European Union are now focusing their anti-annexation efforts on the American administration.
NGO workers speak to European Union heads of mission and other local envoys about the impact of Israeli annexation, during a diplomatic tour of Palestinian villages, near al-Mughayyir in the Israeli-occupied West Bank June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Rami Ayyub - RC2Y6H9D0HGZ

Jordan's King Abdullah warned on June 16 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan would threaten regional stability. The king addressed the issue at a video conference he held with American senators. According to a statement issued by the royal palace, Abdullah said, “Any unilateral Israeli measure to annex lands in the West Bank is unacceptable and undermines the prospects of achieving peace and stability in the region."

The Jordanian king had warned Israel already on May 16 of a "massive conflict" if it proceeds with plans to annex West Bank lands. His renewed appeal yesterday seems to be part of a global diplomatic blitz to persuade Netanyahu to retract. According to his unity deal with the Blue and White party, Netanyahu can bring up his annexation plan for a vote as early as July 1, and he has stated that he intends to present his initiative to the Knesset on that date.

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