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March 17, 2016 9:50 am

Germany, France Join US in Accusing Israel of ‘Appropriating’ Land in Jordan Valley

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The Jordan Valley. Israel is accused of appropriating large tracts of land near the Dead Sea and Jericho. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Jordan Valley. Israel is accused of appropriating large tracts of land near the Dead Sea and Jericho. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Germany and France on Wednesday echoed the US State Department’s accusation that Israel has appropriated large tracts of land near the Dead Sea and Jericho.

In January it was reported that the mostly desert terrain lands in the Jordan Valley were being reclassified by Israeli government officials. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said the 578 acres of land “have been declared as state lands,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

“This decision sends a wrong signal at the wrong time,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Especially in the current tense situation, both parties in the Middle East conflict are called on to take steps for a de-escalation and to find ways that lead to an urgently needed resumption of peace negotiations,” the statement said.

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France’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Romain Nadal, said Israel’s decision violates international law and “contradict[s] commitments made by Israeli authorities in favor of a two-state solution.”

On Tuesday, the US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a press briefing that the US opposes “any steps that accelerate settlement expansion, which raises serious questions about Israel’s long-term intentions.”

“This decision is, in our view, the latest step in what appears to be an ongoing process of land expropriations, settlement expansions, and legalizations of outposts that is fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution,” Kirby said.

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  • Jonah

    So what. Gods advise to Israel……expand, expand , expand. The U.S. Is going the way of Rev:18…. In the very near future, France and Germany will be destroyed with pestilence, plagues, asteroids, volcanos and earth quakes. By making the above announcement they have officially delclared war with God.

  • Liatris Spicata

    None of the articles that I have read about this “appropriation” discuss the methods or findings of the extensive Israeli view of this.

    In any case, John Kerry cannot be criticized for lacking chutzpuh. The guy has a leadership role in a nation that essentially stole its entire land area from descendants of original inhabitants. Haven’t noticed that him evidencing any concern about that. As for Germany … well, given your history, don’t even bother criticizing others. In any comparison pertaining to the humanity or conformance with civilized norms between Germany and Israel, Israel wins hands down.

  • Jonas

    FR, D, USA, EU, should hold there breast till they comply to the law initiated during the conference San Remo 1922 League of Nations.

  • Jonas

    The minute A

  • Ted U.

    This is total hypocrisy.
    Israel is going to get vilified no matter what it does.
    This land is not being appropriated, just reclassified as it is in Israel.

  • dan kaplan

    578 acres – we are talking about less than one square mile. really, a vast amount of territory.

  • A Sander

    What about accusing Turkey of appropriating Northern Cyprus for over 40 years and indeed the USA of appropriating land that belonged to the indigenous Indians? There’s always one rule for Israelis and Jews which does not apply to any other nation on earth.