120 British politicians urge sanctions over Israel threat to annexation

More than 120 British politicians have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging the government to warn Israel annexation of occupied Palestinian territory could lead to the imposition of sanctions. The cross-party group of politicians, including MPs, former cabinet members and senior diplomats, demanded the government toughen up its opposition to Israeli annexation plans and publicly warn Israel its actions “will have severe consequences including sanctions”.

Israel’s new coalition agreement includes plans to annex large areas of the occupied West Bank and has drawn international condemnation. In September last year, the UK government said the unilateral annexation would constitute a “serious breach of international law”.

The Israeli plans would be a “mortal blow to chances of peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on any viable two-state solution,” the group said.  The letter noted that Britain responded to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 “quite properly” and with “appropriate measures, including robust sanctions”.