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Belgian Chamber of Representatives Rebukes Netanyahu’s Annexation Plans

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” —Matthew 5:38-39

The lower house, the Chamber of Representatives, passed a nonbinding resolution Friday morning calling on the Belgian government to push for the European Union (EU) to draw up a list of countermeasures against Israel if it “annexes occupied” territory.

Though likely a symbolic gesture, it’s the first official public reference to sanctions on Israel by a legislative branch of an EU member state.

There were no votes against the resolution in the chamber, which has 150 members — 101 lawmakers voted for it and 39 abstained.

The European Union has expressed its opposition to Israel’s stated plans to apply Israeli civilian law to parts of Judea and Samaria that Israel now controls under military law. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said the annexation could start as early as July 1. (INN / VFI News)