OPINION (JP) – The European Union has rejected the idea of Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank, which would create chaos and violence in the Middle East, its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Such a move would destroy the possibility of a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mogherini said, adding that settlement construction was already making the idea of two-states impossible.

“If it is not going to be a two-state solution then it is not going to be a solution,” Mogherini said. Israel captured the West Bank territory from Jordan in the Six Day War, but never annexed it. Area C of the West Bank, where all the Israeli settlements are located, is under Israeli military and civilian rule. Areas A and B are under the autonomy of the Palestinian Authority. Mogherini’s words come after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised earlier this month that if elected, in his next government he would annex portions of Area C of the West Bank. READ MORE

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