In strong rebuke, UN slams Israeli leader's annexation vow

September 12, 2019

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A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the Israeli leader's vow to annex the Jordan Valley would be a "serious violation of international law".<br />
 — Reuters/File
A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the Israeli leader's vow to annex the Jordan Valley would be a "serious violation of international law".
— Reuters/File

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the Israeli leader's vow to annex the Jordan Valley would be a "serious violation of international law".

The particularly strong rebuke from the world body follows a chorus of criticism against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his promise to annex the area if he wins re-election next week.

Read: Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if re-elected

In a statement, spokesman Stephane Dujarric also said the pledge would be "devastating" to the potential for peace with the Palestinians.

The UN statement comes after Saudi Arabia, a regional power that has grown closer to Israel in recent years, condemned the move.

Russia's Foreign Ministry also reportedly blasted the step ahead of a meeting between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.