A coalition of US Jewish organisations sent a letter to leaders of Israeli political parties, warning them against full or partial annexation of occupied West Bank, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday.
Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pledged on 17 September this year to annex Jordan Valley, which makes up 30 per cent of the West Bank area, if he is to be re-elected. According to liberal advocacy group J Street’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, “carrying out unilateral annexations in the West Bank would ultimately destroy Israeli democracy and lead the country down a disastrous path to permanent conflict.”
“Simply put, the approach of this president does not represent the long-term interests and likely future policy of the United States,” the US Jewish groups warned.
In March 2019, the US ignored a decades-long international consensus and recognised Israel’s annexation of the occupied Golan Heights.
The coalition stressed that the annexation could run harm Israel’s relations with the US Jews because the “vast majority of American Jews support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Up to 13 groups signed the letter, including ten members of the Progressive Israel Network – an umbrella coalition that includes J Street and the New Israel Fund.