France Wants Hard Response to Israel If It Proceeds With Annexation Plans

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy Correspondent

(Worthy News) - wants countries to consider a hard response to Israel if it proceeds with the annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria, three EU diplomats told Reuters. Under the Israeli government’s coalition agreement, the process of annexing Jewish settlements in the could begin on July 1.

Reuters reports that Belgium, , and Luxembourg are also interested in the possibility of imposing punitive measures should Israel proceed with the annexation. The three diplomats said the subject may be raised at a foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday.

No details were given as to what form any punitive measures would take. However, an EU spokesman told Reuters on Monday: “Annexation is contrary to international law and if annexation goes ahead, the EU will act accordingly.”

Israeli annexation would be carried out following the Peace Plan, which provides for the annexation of parts of the West Bank and a demilitarized . US Secretary of State Mike has said annexation is a matter for Israelis to decide.

As regards a tough response from , all 27 EU countries would have to agree on measures to be imposed. According to Reuters, Israel’s close allies Hungary and the Czech Republic could veto even preliminary work. The EU is Israel’s top trading partner and Israel benefits from preferential with the bloc.

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