The absolute priority of the new Israeli colonial regime’s government is to implement "the Century Agreement," the name under which Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, named the US "peace" project, consisting basically of eliminating the remnants of Palestinian territory.
As of July 1, and with the agreement of the coalition government of Netanyahu and Gantz, Israel, with the consent of the United States would annex, steal or declare partial annexation of the West Bank. Israel also intends to "commemorate" the 53rd anniversary of the occupation of the Palestinian territories after the Six-Day War by formally annexing the Jordan Valley.
This would give legal cover to the apartheid that Israel has practiced for decades against the Palestinian people and would be a further step in the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their land, with the application of the Zionist philosophy against the Palestinians.
The annexation will involve not only the final burial of the 1993 Oslo Accords, with the project of creating a Palestinian and an Israeli state, but also the previous Camp David agreements of 1978, for which peace was signed between Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
This decision violates international law. Article 2.4 of the Charter of the United Nations provides that all Member States shall refrain "from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State". Such acts of annexation would incur individual criminal responsibility under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. More specifically, during the occupation, annexation is prohibited under Article 47 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which reaffirms the temporary nature of the occupation and prohibits the extension of the sovereignty of the occupying power over the occupied territory.
The annexation is contrary to Resolution 446 adopted by the Security Council on 22 March 1979 and ratified by Resolution 2334 of 23 December 2016, declaring that the establishment of settlements by Israel in the Arab territories occupied since 1967 has no legal validity and constitutes a serious obstacle to the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
Annexation is one of the main points of the "Agreement of the Century" and is a plan of the United States and Israel, against the rest of the world. Against the Palestinian people in the first place, but it is also rejected by the Arab League, the EU and the UN. Another thing is that the diplomatic and political rejection becomes a real pressure against the Zionist colonial regime, which until now has rejected all the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, that had not previously been vetoed by their American partners.
It should also be borne in mind that it was the European forces and the international community that imposed the agreement of the two states in Oslo. They should act and reject annexation if they are to maintain the agreement that was a great exercise of commitment and solidarity for the Palestinian people.
But the Palestinian cause has an invincible weapon, the resistance and mobilization of its people and the support and solidarity of all the peoples of the world. Sooner rather than later, the flight forward of the Israeli colonial regime, seeking to drive the Palestinian people out of their land altogether and wipe them off the face of the earth, will result in the liquidation of the Zionist project itself and the resolution of the historic conflict in Palestine will be based on a Palestinian state, where different ethnicities and religions live together democratically.
For all these reasons the Communist Party of Spain:
- It defends and supports the majority decisions taken by the Palestinian people in defence of their self-determination and sovereignty, accompanying their struggle with all the solidarity actions at their disposal.
- It rejected the annexation of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, which Israel intended to carry out on 1 July, and condemned the attempts at ethnic cleansing in the area and in East Jerusalem, which had been officially annexed since 1967.
- Demands the suspension of Israel-EU relations, as well as the prohibition of any arms trade, including the purchase of Israeli military drones which have served as a criminal weapon against the Palestinian population and are now also being used as surveillance devices at the EU’s external borders.
The EU must recognise the Palestinian state with capital in Jerusalem, and urge Member States that have not yet done so to do so and to impose a ban on the EU single market for all products from Israel’s illegal settlements on the basis of compliance with the EU’s obligation not to recognise the illegal situation, as pointed out by the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian issue, Michael Lynk, as the only way to prevent the continued expansion of settlements, while demanding compensation for EU and Member State-funded projects in Palestine destroyed by the occupying forces, which last year alone amounted to EUR 480,000.
- It demands that the EU sanction European companies that make a profit in the occupied territories.
- It demands a unanimous rejection by the international community of these annexationist plans, as well as immediate and urgent measures to ensure respect for international law and the implementation of the relevant UN resolutions and decisions. The international community must stop looking the other way and calling for an end to impunity and to the prolonged military occupation of Israel, as well as be vigilant in ensuring the effective realization of Palestinian rights, in particular the right to self-determination. States should take specific measures in the area of trade with Israel, as well as prohibit their participation in international forums and events that serve only to wash the face of those who daily violate the human rights of the Palestinian population.
- It demands a clear and forceful position from the UN Security Council against this decision by Netanyahu and Gantz.