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Johnson's diplomatic advice to Netanyahu and the UK's stance on Hong Kong and Palestine  

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04.07.2020

The Israeli annexation of parts of the Palestinian West Bank – a territory already occupied since 1967 – did not take place, just as Johnson and others hoped.

As a “passionate defender of Israel” the British prime minister’s plea to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu not to implement the illegal annexation, seems to have borne fruit. The self-imposed target day of 1 July did not take place due to global opposition; a situation that has embarrassed Netanyahu and put him in deep trouble with the settler movements and blocs in Israel and the US.

I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead. If it does, the UK will not recognise any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties. There is another way,” Johnson stated in his lengthy op-ed piece, which he chose to publish in Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest circulated Israeli newspaper. Johnson’s choice to convey his diplomatic advice on the first page of Ynet was aimed at reaching out to the Israeli public, including the extreme right-wing blocs to which Netanyahu belongs. This was a move first used last month by the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Washington Yousef Al-Otaiba, to also warn against the repercussions of annexation, namely normalisation ties between Israel and some Arab countries, especially the Gulf States. The UK prime minister also made reference to Al-Otaiba’s concerns by stating:........

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