Foreign ministers from 11 European countries have asked the EU to give them a list of possible actions to dissuade Israel from annexing parts of the West Bank.
In their letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, they said they wanted options that would “contribute to our efforts to deter annexation” including possible “legal consequences” for Israel of annexation.
They also wanted to know what effect annexation would have on Israel’s agreements with the EU, covering areas such as trade, travel, security cooperation, and research and development.
The letter, expressing “grave concern” over annexation plans, was signed by foreign ministers from Ireland, Italy, Belgium, France, Portugal, Malta, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland.
Israel is reliant on support from its allies in the bloc, including Poland and Hungary – states whose increasingly right-wing governments have been accused of undermining their country’s democratic institutions.