Boris Johnson Says U.K. Strongly Opposes Israeli Plan for West Bank Annexation

British PM says annexation would 'amount to breach of international law,' repeats support for two state solution

Noa Landau
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, June 16, 2020.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, June 16, 2020. Credit: Yui Mok,AP
Noa Landau

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that Israeli annexation of West Bank lands "would amount to breach of international law," stressing that his government strongly objects it and will work to make the case for a two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Johnson was replying to a question raised by Conservative Party Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt, who stated that the United Kingdom must dissuade Israel by using "real sanctions if they breach international law."

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"I believe that what is proposed by Israel would amount to breach of international law and I strongly objected and we believe profoundly in a two state solution and we will continue to make that case," replied Johnson, who had articulated his support for dialogue and a diplomatic solution in a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year.

Last month, the Chairwoman of the International Relations and Defence Committee in Britain’s House of Lords questioned whether Israel should continue to receive preferential access to the British market if the plan for annexation goes through.

Netanyahu has repeatedly cited July 1 as the official date for releasing the plan for annexation of parts of the West Bank. However, he currently faces opposition internationally, as well as from Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party, who seeks to include annexation as part of a broader diplomatic plan with international and regional support rather than a unilateral move.