The Belgian parliament has overwhelmingly adopted a motion that urges the government to impose punitive measures against Israel if it decides to annex the West Bank.

The text also calls for European-wide economic sanctions against Israel if Jerusalem does not comply with its demands. 

The Chamber of Representatives in Brussels had also scheduled a debate and vote to recognise a Palestinian state but was later referred to committee due to last-minute amendments, according to The Times of Israel.

The resolution “concerning Israel’s annexation of occupied territories in Palestine” was passed with 101 votes in favor and 39 abstentions. No lawmakers voted against the resolution, the Times reported.

The motion urges the government of Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès to present a “list of efficient counter-measures geared at responding in a proportional manner to any Israeli annexation of occupied Palestinian territory.”

The resolution also calls on Brussels to “play an active role in setting up a coalition of like-minded member states to explore possible reactions” if Israel extends its sovereignty over West Bank territory.  

Any foreign policy moves made by the European Union must be done by consensus, meaning the bloc needs unanimous approval by all 27 member-states before any significant measures can be taken against Israel.     

And with Israel’s close ties to countries like Hungary and Austria, it’s unlikely the EU can persuade Israel away from its annexation plans.  

Source: i24news

Related Articles:

UK boycotts Durban conference over ‘historic concerns of anti-Semitism’

The British government has confirmed it will not send a delegation to the UN's anniversary of the Durban conference over historic concerns of anti-Semitism and Israel hatred. A great...

PA rejects vaccines from Israel prompting three other countries to ask for them instead

Three countries have contacted Israel to inquire about the possibility of obtaining vaccines rejected by the Palestinians in recent days if Ramallah indeed decides it doesn’t...

As Israeli swimmers celebrate score, Spanish TV presenter accuses Israel of ‘genocide’

A commentator on a Spanish TV channel accused Israel of "genocide" and claimed Israel's involvement in international sports was "whitewashing" the alleged actions of the...

Jewish man assaulted by anti-Semitic mob in Jerusalem

Arabs on Thursday evening attacked a haredi man at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, throwing rocks and vegetables at him until he was injured. He managed to escape his...

IDF neutralise terrorist who threw explosive at troops

A 16-year-old Palestinian who was shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, allegedly after hurling an explosive device at them, died of his injuries on Thursday. The Israel...