UN special coordinator for the middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov urged the middle East Quartet (Russia, US, UN, EU), Israel, Palestine, Arab countries urgently to re-engage in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli issue.
"I reiterate the Secretary-General (UN – amended) to the members of the middle East Quartet, the Arab countries, the leadership of Israel and Palestine to urgently re-engage. We need to restart diplomacy," said Mladenov.
The President of France Emmanuel macron in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday urged to refrain from taking any action for annexation of the Palestinian territories, said on Friday the elysée Palace.
Macron also recalled the unwavering commitment of France to the security of Israel and its determination to reduce tensions in the middle East. "He expressed his attachment to the friendship and trust that bind France and Israel", - said in a communiqué.
The possible annexation by Israel of Palestinian territories on the West Bank of the Jordan river will negatively affect its relations with the European Union, warned EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell.
"As a person, personally associated with the region, I have emphasized in private conversations with Israeli leaders and publicly that the annexation will jeopardize the good cooperation with Israel. We exactly do not want," wrote Borrell in his blog on the page of the foreign service of the EU. According to him, now on the contrary there is a possibility for closer cooperation between the EU and Israel in the interests of achieving stability in the middle East. "But we cannot and will not accept changes to the borders that existed before 1967, unless it is agreed by both parties to the conflict," said Borrell.
The Holy see is concerned about "possible unilateral acts that could jeopardize the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians", as well as further complicate the situation in the middle East.
As reported in the evening on Wednesday the press service of the Holy see, the Vatican's Secretary of state cardinal Pietro Parolin specifically met with the ambassadors of the United States and Israel to Express that concern.
Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Vershinin discussed by telephone with the Director General for political Affairs Ministry of foreign Affairs of Belgium Axel Kenes, a number of international issues and regional problems in light of their consideration in the UN Security Council, including the middle East settlement and the situation with the Treaty on open skies, said the Russian foreign Ministry.
As have informed in the Russian foreign Ministry, the telephone conversation was initiated by the Belgian side.
The Israeli military was not allowed to drive in the Jordan valley a convoy of vehicles, which were the Prime Minister of Palestine, Mohammed Stye and Ministers of his government, reports the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds.
According to the newspaper, Israeli soldiers blocked the road column with Stage heading to the village of Fazail, where they planned a meeting of the Palestinian government discussed the counter the plans of Israel to Annex the Jordan valley.
European countries included in the UN Security Council declared that Israel's annexation of the West Bank of the Jordan river will entail consequences for their relations with tel Aviv, and the annexation of Europe will not be recognized.
The statement was made by current members of the security Council and European countries, who occupy seats in the Council in 2021. Among them: Germany, France, UK, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, Norway.
The EU should impose sanctions on Israel and to cease cooperation with the country in the case of the implementation of plans to Annex territories on the West Bank of the Jordan river, said at the press conference, the foreign Minister of Palestine Riyad al-Maliki.
"First of all, they (EU – ed.) to impose sanctions, they must stop all kinds of cooperation between the EU and Israel," said al-Maliki.
The annexation of the territories on the West Bank of the Jordan river will have negative implications for Israel's security, said European countries included in the UN Security Council.
The statement was made by current members of the security Council and countries that will occupy a seat in the Council in 2021. Among them: Germany, France, UK, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, Norway.
UN chief Antonio Guterres called middle East "Quartet" to find a mutually acceptable basis for the resumption of cooperation between Palestine and Israel.
Speaking at a meeting of the UN security Council, Guterres called on the regional and international supporters of the settlement based on the coexistence of two States "to help bring the parties back to the path of peaceful settlement through negotiations."
Palestine hoped that the result of the discussion in the UN security Council on 24 June issues around the plans of Israel to Annex the Jordan valley will be the concrete actions of those countries that do not support the position of Israel, said Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdelhafiz Nofal.
"June 24 will be a meeting of the Security Council for discussion of these topics. We hope that States who oppose the "deal of the century" and was against the annexation will proceed to implement their requirements to maintain at least a minimum for a peaceful settlement," the Ambassador said at a press conference in MIA "Russia today".
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and the EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell during a telephone conversation called for direct dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.
"Discussed the situation in the middle East settlement, rather the impasse in which efforts to achieve this settlement are now, and stressed the importance of increased consolidated efforts of the international community with the aim to try to resume as soon as possible direct talks between the Palestinians and Israelis under the auspices of the UN to resolve all final status issues and reach a comprehensive peace agreement," - said Lavrov at press conference following talks with Borrell.
Scheduled for July the annexation of the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river as part of the deal of the century US President Donald trump has provoked a split in Israeli society: the supporters of the spread of Israeli sovereignty consider the upcoming event in a unique and historic opportunity, opponents criticize the intentions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right and left.
Arabist and expert interdisciplinary center in Herzliya Ksenia Svetlova is among 25 former Knesset members who signed the petition to senators and congressmen against the proposed annexation. The authors of the letter fear its negative consequences. Most Israelis share these concerns, Svetlov said RIA Novosti.
Israel plans to extend its sovereignty over a third of Judea and Samaria (the occupied West Bank of the Jordan river) within the next month or two, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Minister of water resources and of higher education of Israel Zeev Elkin.
"In principle, Yes, we are in the framework of the plan proposed by the us administration, the planned distribution of Israeli sovereignty on 30% of the territory of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank of the Jordan river - ed.) and settlements populated by Israelis," said Israeli Minister of the ruling party "Likud".
Israel expects the international community recognizes the new borders of the state, which will be determined after the annexation of the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river in the framework of the deal of the century US President Donald trump, despite sounding criticism of these plans, said the Minister of higher education and water resources of Israel ze'ev Elkin, in an interview with RIA Novosti.
"We hope that the international community will understand that it is a reality and recognize the new border. For the part that will take time. Recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem took a lot of time, and also not all realized it. Recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan heights, too, everyone understands, and that's a fact, but nevertheless not all in the world recognize this. The world takes time to get used to the fairly obvious things. And this is the case," said the Minister from the ruling Likud party in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Israeli sovereignty will be extended to all Jewish settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan river, which will ensure the security of the state, announced Minister of higher education and water resources of Israel ze'ev Elkin, in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Israel plans to extend its sovereignty over the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river within the next month or two as part of the deal of the century, U.S. President Donald trump. Currently, Israel together with the United States develops map of future annexation.
Russian Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with chargé d'affaires of Israel in Moscow Yakov Shower question of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, said in a statement the Russian foreign Ministry.
"During the conversation they exchanged opinions on current middle East issues with an emphasis on the prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement", - stated in the message.