The EU and the USA discussed the launch of the peace process in the middle East
The EU foreign Ministers meeting with U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo discussed the launch of the peace process in the middle East after a long break and called for the ability to use the American "deal of the century" to intensify international efforts in this direction, said at a press conference following the meeting, EU high representative for foreign and security policy of the EU, Josep Borrell.
"In the middle East we clearly stressed that at this stage it is important to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to trust a meaningful political process. We agreed that the plan the United States has created a certain momentum in the political process, which was suspended for too long a period. But this impulse can be used to start joint international efforts based on existing international agreements. We in the EU are willing to support and facilitate this process," said Borrell.
He also added that during the discussion the sides also discussed the possible annexation by Israel of the Palestinian territories on the West Bank of the Jordan river. "We also discussed the consequences of a possible annexation to the prospects of solution based on the principle of "two States" and regional stability", - said the head of European diplomacy.
The US President Donald trump on 28 January presented a plan of peaceful settlement known as "the deal of the century". The plan of the White house to recognize Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel, makes Israel the opportunity to Annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank of the Jordan river and to extend its sovereignty over the Jordan valley, and also offers the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state without control over its borders and airspace. As the future capital of Palestine, the plan provides the village of Abu Dis in the Eastern suburbs of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians and several countries, including the EU, this plan is not adopted, as it, in their view, deprives Palestinians of the right to those areas that are stipulated by the UN resolutions. The head of the Palestinian national authority, Mahmoud Abbas, the new plan is also rejected, saying that the Palestinians insist on recognition of their state in the 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem.
May 19, Abbas said that Palestine decided to terminate all agreements with Israel and the United States on the background of the intentions of the Israeli government to join Palestinian land.
In late may, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the date of annexation of the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river under the "deal of the century". According to Netanyahu, the application of Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish settlements of the West Bank of the Jordan river will occur July 1, and intentions to change this date no. Later, the Minister of water resources and higher education ze'ev Elkin said in an interview with the local press that the date of annexation may be moved for several days or weeks.
Israeli authorities have begun to take concrete steps towards annexation. Interchangeable Prime Minister benny Gantz has instructed the chief of staff to accelerate the preparation of the army in connection with the spread of Israeli sovereignty on parts of the West Bank of the Jordan river.
The EU stated that the annexation is against international law and could provoke tension in the region.