EU to launch diplomatic push against Israeli West Bank annexation

The European Union will make a diplomatic push to try to stop Israel from going ahead with a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said on Friday.

Josep Borrell said the EU would use “all our diplomatic capacities” to try to dissuade Israel’s incoming government from going ahead with the move, which also includes the annexation of illegal settlements, approved under United States President Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East plan.

Palestinians in the area, whose land has been under an Israeli military occupation since 1967, are outraged as they want the West Bank as part of a future state. They deem Israeli settlements there illegal, as do most world powers.