WEST BANK (Dispatches) – A coalition of liberal American Jewish groups has sent a letter to leaders of the Zionist regime’s political parties, warning them against full or partial annexation of the occupied West Bank.
The letter written by the Progressive Israel Network asks Zionist politicians to oppose the annexation plan, pursued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even if U.S. President Donald Trump gives it a green light.
It states that Trump’s endorsement of West Bank annexation does not mean a sign of long-term American policy, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
"Mistaking such a ‘green light’ from the president — for any type of consensus on the part of either U.S. political party — would be a dangerous error for Israel,” the letter reads.
"Simply put, the approach of this president does not represent the long-term interests and likely future policy of the United States."
The coalition said the annexation could harm relations between the Zionist regime and U.S. Jews because the "vast majority of American Jews” support a solution to the Zionist-Palestinian conflict.
Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of the advocacy group, said in a statement that "carrying out unilateral annexations in the West Bank would ultimately” lead the Zionist regime "down a disastrous path to permanent conflict”.
"It’s vital for Israeli leaders to recognize that whatever the dangerous and deluded policies of the Trump administration, the vast majority of Americans and American Jews are strongly opposed to annexation,” Ben-Ami said.
The letter has been signed by up to 13 groups, including ten members of the Progressive Israel Network – an umbrella coalition that includes J Street and the New Israel Fund.
Earlier in mid-September, Netanyahu pledged to annex Jordan Valley, which makes up 30 percent of the West Bank area if he was re-elected.
In a highly provocative move on March 25, the U.S. president ignored a decades-long international consensus and signed a proclamation recognizing the regime’s "sovereignty" over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
Damascus strongly condemned the move and called it a "blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Syria.