EU Foreign Ministers Seek Measures to ‘Deter’ Israel From Expanding Its Sovereignty Over West Bank | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

EU Foreign Ministers Seek Measures to ‘Deter’ Israel From Expanding Its Sovereignty Over West Bank

Earlier this month, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Tel Aviv would postpone the 1 July deadline for the beginning of a sovereignty expansion over large parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, arguing that the Defence Ministry is still “weighing the risks in the field of security, as [the move] will have serious repercussions”.

Eleven European foreign ministers sent a letter to the block’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, demanding the senior official provide them with a list of measures that could be taken by the European Union to deter Israel, in the event that Tel Aviv moves to expand its sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

In the letter, sent on Friday and signed by foreign ministers of Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland, the diplomats argued that the potential list of “legal consequences” of the possible sovereignty expansion and its effect on Israel’s agreements with the EU could “contribute to our efforts to deter annexation”.

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