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Annexation: Australia finally voices concerns; decision likely next week

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Published: 3 July 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Morrison government had hoped to keep lobbying behind the scenes and avoid speaking out; Boris Johnson implores Israel in Hebrew oped; Vatican summons US and Israeli envoys

Australia voices concerns over Israel's annexation plans (SMH)
Australia has for the first time publicly voiced its concerns about Israel's potential annexation of land in the West Bank under the provisions of the Trump administration's peace plan.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne on Wednesday night issued a statement amid growing pressure on the federal government to join like-minded countries including Britain, Germany, France and Italy in condemning any move.

The Morrison government had hoped to continue to quietly lobby the Israelis behind the scenes and resisted demands from Labor, the United Nations and international aid groups to speak out.

Annexation decision likely to be made next week (Jerusalem Post)
July 1, the first day on which the coalition agreement allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring sovereignty to a vote, passed without any progress on that front, as was expected.

In Hebrew op-ed, UK’s Johnson implores Israel to drop annexation bid (Times of Israel)
As ‘passionate’ Israel defender, British PM says he has followed Netanyahu’s plan with ‘sadness,’ warns it will threaten budding relations with Arab states

Why West Bank annexation poses an existential threat to Jordan (CNN)

Vatican summons US, Israeli envoys over annexation moves (Jerusalem Post)
The Vatican appealed to Israelis and Palestinians to do everything possible to reopen the process of direct negotiations

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