Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer
Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Germany, Jordan, and France have warned Israel against annexing areas in Palestinian lands, asserting that doing so would come at the detriment of political relations.
The government of Israel had originally planned to commence annexation of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley on July 1. While the Israeli government refrained from going through with their plan on the stipulated date, they maintained that talks with US officials and key Israeli security chiefs were still underway.
In a statement issued on July 7, 2020 by the German foreign ministry, the foreign ministers of the four countries expressed the concern that any such Israeli annexation would constitute a violation of international law and a subversion of prospects of peace and stability in the region. They also asserted that they would refuse to recognize any change to 1967 borders absent mutual agreement by both Israel and Palestine.