EUROPE - Seven Nations Warn Israel Against Annexation

Arno Froese

Seven European nations warned that any Israeli annexation steps would harm their ties with the Jewish state.

“Following our obligations and responsibilities under international law, annexation would have consequences for our close relationship with Israel and will not be recognized by us,” the French Ambassador to the UN in in New York Nicolas de Rivière said in a statement he read out in the name of the seven countries.

This includes the five European countries who are now members of the UNSC; France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Estonia. Also signed onto the statement were the new incoming European UNSC members; Ireland and Norway.

“We all currently enjoy a close relationship with Israel and wish to continue working with Israel in a constructive and comprehensive way in the spirit of the long following friendship that binds us,” de Rivière said.

But he said that those ties would not continue if annexation moved forward.

“If any annexation of the West Bank, however big or small is implemented, it would constitute a clear violation of international law, including the UN charter as well as the UN Security Council resolutions,” de Rivière said.

The council must let Israel know that annexation will have immediate consequences by imposing sanctions, said Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki.

Annexation is the “ultimate breach of the UN Charter and cannot go unchallenged,” he added., 24 June 2020

Arno's commentary

It is of interest that the nations of the world—in this case Europeans—take little interest in other nations who blatantly violate the very principles of the United Nations charter. Yet, Israel is always singled out. Needless to say, this will have its consequences, because attempting to regulate the rights of Israel to take possession of the Promised Land is not a small issue. As a matter of fact, the entire world—without exception—has already divided the land of Israel, with their repeated statements accusing Israel of violating “international law.”

We point to Holy Scripture clearly identifying the borders of the Promised Land: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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