Israeli ministers vote to annex part of occupied West Bank

netanyahuA panel of Israeli cabinet ministers endorsed proposed legislation on Sunday to annex an area of the occupied West Bank likely to be the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.

The move, pushed by far-right members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, could weigh on troubled U.S.-brokered peace negotiations several days before another visit to the region by Secretary of State John Kerry.

But centrist Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who also heads Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians, immediately challenged the motion, and said she would use her powers to block the legislation from being voted on in Parliament.

Peace talks have shown few signs of progress since Kerry oversaw their renewal in July after a three-year deadlock.

The target is to reach an agreement by April towards achieving a “two-state solution” in which Israel and a new Palestinian state would co-exist side by side.

The Jordan Valley region of the West Bank which Israel captured in a 1967 war and Palestinians seek as part of their future state, has been a focus of recent disagreement. Palestinians reject Israel’s demand to maintain a security presence there.

Kerry said in Washington earlier this month that the need to resolve the dispute over the Jordan Valley was “a critical threading of a needle that has to happen in order to achieve an agreement”. He said he was coordinating with Jordan as well.

The Israeli proposal to incorporate the Jordan Valley within its borders, endorsed by the cabinet’s legislative committee, was the first Israeli step in years to annex any territory captured in 1967.

Shortly after that war, in a move not recognised internationally, Israel annexed East Jerusalem and added some adjoining West Bank land to the city, which it regards as its capital.

The last time Israel annexed any land captured in the 1967 war was in 1981 when it applied its law to Syria’s Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that lies to the north.

The proposed legislation came up two days before Israel said it would free 26 Palestinian prisoners, the third of four groups of prisoners being released as an agreed confidence-building measure since peace negotiations resumed.

The prisoners had been jailed for deadly violence committed before a 1993 Israeli-Palestinian interim peace accord.

Also expected to weigh on Kerry’s visit this week is an Israeli plan to build 1,400 homes in Jewish settlements, which Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said would “destroy the peace process” and could be met with retaliation.

Reuters

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    UN Resolutions Against Israel, 1955-2013
    Resolution 106: “…‘condemns’ Israel for Gaza raid”
    Resolution 111: “…‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”
    Resolution 127: “…‘recommends’ Israel suspend its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”
    Resolution 162: “…‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”
    Resolution 171: “…determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”
    Resolution 228: “…‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”
    Resolution 237: “…‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”
    Resolution 248: “…‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”
    Resolution 250: “…‘calls on’ Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”
    Resolution 251: “…‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250”
    Resolution 252: “…‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”
    Resolution 256: “…‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”
    Resolution 259: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”
    Resolution 262: “…‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”
    Resolution 265: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”
    Resolution 267: “…‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”
    Resolution 270: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”
    Resolution 271: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”
    Resolution 279: “…‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”
    Resolution 280: “….‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”
    Resolution 285: “…‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”
    Resolution 298: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”
    Resolution 313: “…‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”
    Resolution 316: “…‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”
    Resolution 317: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”
    Resolution 332: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”
    Resolution 337: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”
    Resolution 347: “…‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”
    Resolution 425: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
    Resolution 427: “…‘calls on’ Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon’
    Resolution 444: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”
    Resolution 446: “…‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
    Resolution 450: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”
    Resolution 452: “…‘calls on’ Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”
    Resolution 465: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”
    Resolution 467: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”
    Resolution 468: “…‘calls on’ Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”
    Resolution 469: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”
    Resolution 471: “…‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
    Resolution 476: “…‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claims to Jerusalem are ‘null and void’
    Resolution 478: “…‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’
    Resolution 484: “…‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”
    Resolution 487: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”
    Resolution 497: “…‘decides’ that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescind its decision forthwith”
    Resolution 498: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”
    Resolution 501: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”
    Resolution 509: “…‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”
    Resolution 515: “…‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”
    Resolution 517: “…‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
    Resolution 518: “…‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”
    Resolution 520: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”
    Resolution 573: “…‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters
    Resolution 587: “…‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”
    Resolution 592: “…‘strongly deplores’ the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”
    Resolution 605: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians
    Resolution 607: “…‘calls on’ Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention
    Resolution 608: “…‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”
    Resolution 636: “…‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians
    Resolution 641: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians
    Resolution 672: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount
    Resolution 673: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations
    Resolution 681: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians
    Resolution 694: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return
    Resolution 726: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians
    Resolution 799: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return
    Resolution 904: “…‘strongly condemns’ the massacre in Hebron and its aftermath which took the lives of more than 50 Palestinian civilians and injured several hundred others”
    Resolution 1073: “…‘calls for’ the immediate cessation and reversal of all acts which have resulted in the aggravation of the situation, ‘calls for‘ the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians to be ensured”
    Resolution 1322: “…‘condemns’ acts of violence, especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians, resulting in injury and loss of human life”
    Resolution 1402: “…‘calls upon’ both parties to move immediately to a meaningful ceasefire; calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah”
    Resolution 1403: “…‘demands’ the implementation of its resolution 1402 (2002) without delay”
    Resolution 1405: “…‘emphasizes’ the urgency of access of medical and humanitarian organizations to the Palestinian civilian population”
    Resolution 1435: “…‘demands’ that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure”
    Resolution 1544: “…‘calls on’ Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law, and insists, in particular, on its obligation not to undertake demolition of homes contrary to that law”
    Resolution 1860: “…‘calls for’ an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza; ‘calls for‘ the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment”
    Resolution 1937: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
    Resolution 2004: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
    Resolution 2064: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”UN Resolutions Against the Palestinians, 1955-2013
    Resolution 1435: “…‘calls on’ the Palestinian Authority to meet its expressed commitment to ensure that those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice by it”More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on facebookShare on emailShare on favoritesShare on print

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    UN Resolutions Against Israel, 1955-2013
    Resolution 106: “…‘condemns’ Israel for Gaza raid”
    Resolution 111: “…‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”
    Resolution 127: “…‘recommends’ Israel suspend its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”
    Resolution 162: “…‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”
    Resolution 171: “…determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”
    Resolution 228: “…‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”
    Resolution 237: “…‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”
    Resolution 248: “…‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”
    Resolution 250: “…‘calls on’ Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”
    Resolution 251: “…‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250”
    Resolution 252: “…‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”
    Resolution 256: “…‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”
    Resolution 259: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”
    Resolution 262: “…‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”
    Resolution 265: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”
    Resolution 267: “…‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”
    Resolution 270: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”
    Resolution 271: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”
    Resolution 279: “…‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”
    Resolution 280: “….‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”
    Resolution 285: “…‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”
    Resolution 298: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”
    Resolution 313: “…‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”
    Resolution 316: “…‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”
    Resolution 317: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”
    Resolution 332: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”
    Resolution 337: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”
    Resolution 347: “…‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”
    Resolution 425: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
    Resolution 427: “…‘calls on’ Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon’
    Resolution 444: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”
    Resolution 446: “…‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
    Resolution 450: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”
    Resolution 452: “…‘calls on’ Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”
    Resolution 465: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”
    Resolution 467: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”
    Resolution 468: “…‘calls on’ Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”
    Resolution 469: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”
    Resolution 471: “…‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
    Resolution 476: “…‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claims to Jerusalem are ‘null and void’
    Resolution 478: “…‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’
    Resolution 484: “…‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”
    Resolution 487: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”
    Resolution 497: “…‘decides’ that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescind its decision forthwith”
    Resolution 498: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”
    Resolution 501: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”
    Resolution 509: “…‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”
    Resolution 515: “…‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”
    Resolution 517: “…‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
    Resolution 518: “…‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”
    Resolution 520: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”
    Resolution 573: “…‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters
    Resolution 587: “…‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”
    Resolution 592: “…‘strongly deplores’ the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”
    Resolution 605: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians
    Resolution 607: “…‘calls on’ Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention
    Resolution 608: “…‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”
    Resolution 636: “…‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians
    Resolution 641: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians
    Resolution 672: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount
    Resolution 673: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations
    Resolution 681: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians
    Resolution 694: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return
    Resolution 726: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians
    Resolution 799: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return
    Resolution 904: “…‘strongly condemns’ the massacre in Hebron and its aftermath which took the lives of more than 50 Palestinian civilians and injured several hundred others”
    Resolution 1073: “…‘calls for’ the immediate cessation and reversal of all acts which have resulted in the aggravation of the situation, ‘calls for‘ the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians to be ensured”
    Resolution 1322: “…‘condemns’ acts of violence, especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians, resulting in injury and loss of human life”
    Resolution 1402: “…‘calls upon’ both parties to move immediately to a meaningful ceasefire; calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah”
    Resolution 1403: “…‘demands’ the implementation of its resolution 1402 (2002) without delay”
    Resolution 1405: “…‘emphasizes’ the urgency of access of medical and humanitarian organizations to the Palestinian civilian population”
    Resolution 1435: “…‘demands’ that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure”
    Resolution 1544: “…‘calls on’ Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law, and insists, in particular, on its obligation not to undertake demolition of homes contrary to that law”
    Resolution 1860: “…‘calls for’ an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza; ‘calls for‘ the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment”
    Resolution 1937: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
    Resolution 2004: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
    Resolution 2064: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”UN Resolutions Against the Palestinians, 1955-2013
    Resolution 1435: “…‘calls on’ the Palestinian Authority to meet its expressed commitment to ensure that those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice by it”More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on facebookShare on emailShare on favoritesShare on print