The Belgian parliament has passed a non-binding resolution calling on the government to lead the way in implementing “counter-measures” against Israel if it goes ahead with its planned annexation of more parts of the West Bank.
The resolution, passed with an overwhelming majority, urging the federal government to take steps to prevent the annexation of Palestinian territories.
It says the Belgian government should “play a leading role” in drawing up a list of “effective countermeasures intended to respond proportionately” to Israel, if it proceeds with the annexation plan.
The document also calls for Europe-wide punitive measures to potentially be taken against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
If there is no agreement on a response at the European level, however, Belgium should seek to form a “coalition between like-minded member states” to work out a common response.
Many EU countries have expressed strong opposition to Israel’s intention to annex up to 30% of the West Bank from July 1, 2020, yet the bloc needs a consensus of all 27 members to impose sanctions.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he was working with EU partners on a potential “reprisal” against Israel.
More than 1,000 lawmakers from 25 European countries signed a statement opposing any unilateral Israeli annexation of the West Bank. However, the Belgian parliament is the first in the EU to officially call for sanctions over the planned annexation.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki welcomed the Belgian parliament’s resolution, saying that it came at a time of escalating international rejection of Israel’s plans.
We see every day indications of eroding support for Israel and the immunity that it has enjoyed for decades despite its continued structural violations.
Netanyahu has vowed to annex areas of the West Bank, where more than 420,000 Jewish settlers live as part of the US’ Vision for Peace initiative, yet the White House said that it had not made a final decision on whether to fully back the plans?
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.