Detiktoday.com – Four women members of the US congress voiced “deep” concern over Israel’s planned annexation or annexation of the West Bank. The concern was conveyed to the US Secretary of State.
As reported by the Anadolu News Agency Office, Tuesday (6/30/2020) the Jewish Insider newspaper reported that a letter on this issue was addressed to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and signed and circulated by four women members of the US House of Representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Pramila Jayapal and Betty McCollum.
The letter warned that the annexation, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said could begin as early as July 1, would “actively undermine the prospects for a future where all Israelis and Palestinians can live with full equality, human rights and dignity, and will laying the groundwork for Israel to become an apartheid state. “
The congressmen also warned that if the Netanyahu government made an annexation step with government approval, they “would work to ensure there was no recognition and pursue the conditions of US $ 3.8 billion military funding to Israel, including human rights conditions and withholding funds for arms procurement. Israel abroad equals or exceeds the amount the Israeli government spends every year to fund settlements, as well as policies and practices that support and enable it “.
“We cannot support an undemocratic system in which Israel will permanently rule the Palestinian people who reject self-determination or equal rights,” they added.
They urged that the US to remain make committed to a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live with “full rights, dignity and democracy.”
The letter received that direct criticism from Israeli American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). They said that it could damage relations between the US and Israel.
“AIPAC will opposes the letter and which explicitly threatens the US and Israel relations in a way that damage American interests, risk Israeli security & make a two-state solution less than likely” the committee said thatwhen posting via Twitter.