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Boris Johnson warns Israel not to annex part of occupied West Bank

Boris Johnson has warned Israel not to annex part of occupied West Bank, terming it violation of international law and “contrary” to Israel’s own interests.

In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hoped that annexation does not go ahead, saying if it does, the UK will not recognise any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties.

His Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, set Wednesday as a possible start date for the process of applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley.

But that plan seems to have stalled.

The Palestinians say it will destroy their hopes of a viable future state.

The settlements are widely considered illegal under international law, though Israel – and the US under the Trump administration – denies this.

Mr Johnson said he was fearful that Mr Netanyahu’s proposals would “fail in their objective of securing Israel’s borders” and “be contrary to Israel’s own long-term interests”. They would also “put in jeopardy the progress that Israel has made in improving relationships with the Arab and Muslim world”, he added.

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