Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, commented on Israel’s “annexation” of the West Bank and said that the term is inappropriate to the situation, as Israel already has a right to the land.
In recent months, one of the major problems facing Washington and Jerusalem has been the decision to declare sovereignty over much of Judea and Samaria – the West Bank.
Some believe the opportunity has passed, but Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said in an interview with CBN News that there is still time to make the historic change before the Jewish holiday in September and the US elections in November.
“The next few weeks are crucial to making a bold decision, and you have two leaders who need to make that decision,” Danon said.
The first key leader is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The second is the United States, Israel’s most powerful partner.
Danny says the debate has become a matter of “annexation”, a term he says is inappropriate for the scenario.
“You can’t annex something that belongs to you. When you read the Bible, you understand that Judea and Samaria are part of our homeland, so it is not possible to annex it. We can apply sovereignty. And I think we should do that,” said the ambassador.
During the month of May 2019, Danon addressed the UN Security Council and pointed out that Israel’s action on earth is the Bible itself.
However, the ambassador explained that Israel is more than a promise from God. He believes that it also stands out in international law and history. He points to the 1920 San Remo Conference, when European leaders laid the groundwork for the establishment of a Jewish national home.
“In 1920, you have the San Remo Conference, where the superpowers come together and recognize our rights to the land. And then you go back to 1945 and you see that when the UN was established, they actually accepted earlier agreements. So they accepted the San Remo Conference and today, according to the United Nations Charter, Israel has a right to the lands of Judea and Samaria,” Danon said.
Time for action
Netanyahu lost his goal on July 1 to declare sovereignty and the argument divides his current Israeli coalition. The US also said its hesitation in emphasizing the controversial move. Despite these and other challenges, Danon says that now is the time to act.
“Yes, we are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We have an economic crisis. But at the same time, we have a friend in the White House. We have a friend who is really with us and has given us the support to move forward,” Danny said.
“When you do something right, you just do it. And that’s exactly what we need to do today. We cannot wait for a better time to implement sovereignty over the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria,” the ambassador concluded.
Last week, I represented #Israel in the international media for an interview with @BBCHARDtalk. Among the issues discussed was Israel's historic rights in #Judea and #Samaria.
— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) July 17, 2020