Germany: Sanctions against Israel serve no constructive purpose

German parliament puts lid on possibility EU will impose sanctions on Israel for applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff ,

German flags at Reichstag, Berlin, Germany
German flags at Reichstag, Berlin, Germany
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Threatening Israel with sanctions over the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria would have "no constructive effect", according to a motion passed by the German parliament Wednesday as
the country took over the EU presidency.

The move effectively puts a lid on the prospect of EU sanctions over the sovereignty plans, despite weeks of vocal opposition from the bloc.

While rejecting any "annexation" as illegal under international law, the document states that "discussions on unilateral sanctions or threats of sanctions have no constructive effect" on the Arab-Israeli peace process.

The government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had set July 1 as the date when it could begin to apply sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria
as well as the strategic Jordan Valley.

The move was endorsed by a Middle East plan unveiled by US President Donald Trump in January.

The EU, Israel's top economic partner, has in recent weeks mounted a diplomatic campaign against the application of sovereignty, highlighted by a visit to Jerusalem by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to raise concern about the prospective plans.

But the bloc cannot threaten Israel with formal sanctions without unanimous support among members.

The Trump administration has stopped short of giving Israel its full-throated green light for the application of sovereignty, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that decisions on next steps are Israel's to make.



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