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Jewish, US Organizations Warn Against Annexing West Bank

Jewish, US Organizations Warn Against Annexing West Bank

Saturday, 9 November, 2019 - 09:15
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends an annual state memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, at his gravesite in Sde Boker, Israel November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo

A group of Jewish and US organizations have dispatched a letter to heads of parties in Israel, and warned against annexing the West Bank.

In the letter, they said that the vow of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare Israeli sovereignty over Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea in the West Bank and then annex them with Israel is a dangerous and illegal procedure.

The signatories affirmed that even if the administration of US President Donald Trump seemed to approve this, it is still wrong for Israel to assume that this would be the policy endorsed by the US government.

They warned that the president’s attitude doesn’t represent the long-term interests and future policy of the US.

The letter asserted that any annex might undermine ties with US Jews who – in their majority – support the two-state solution.

A total of 13 US and Jewish organizations signed the letter.

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