French President Macron urges Netanyahu not to proceed with annexation

Annexation of portions of the West Bank would “contravene international law,” French President Emmanuel Macron warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It would also “jeopardize the possibility of a two-state solution” and a “fair and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.

The two men spoke on Thursday, but a summary of their comments was released only on Friday by the offices of both leaders.

Netanyahu pushed back at Macron’s contentions that annexation was illegal under international law and assured him that “Israel operates according to international law.”

Netanyahu further told Macron that he was committed to US President Donald Trump’s peace plan. That plan allows Israel to annex up to 30% of the West Bank in the initial stages of a four-year process toward the creation of a Palestinian state.


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