July 10 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to move forward with plans to annex portions of the West Bank in a phone conversation late Thursday.
Netanyahu, who campaigned on annexing the portions of the West Bank populated by Palestinians, told Macron, he was committed to moving ahead with the annexation and supported a peace plan laid out by the Trump administration.
Macron told Netanyahu such an annexation would "contravene international law" and "jeopardize the possibility of a two-state solution" and a "fair and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."
France -- along with Britain, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland and Norway -- have warned Israel against the annexation and said any process should be based on pre-1967 borders before the Six-Day War.
On Tuesday, foreign ministers from France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan warned Israel against annexation as well.
Netanyahu rejected Macron's overtures, saying it is the Palestinians' refusal to negotiate with them that has stalled peace efforts. He said Israel's effort abides by international law. He told Macron Israel wants to hold talks on the borders set up by Trump's plan.
The Palestinian Authority has rejected Trump's peace plan and has threatened to declare its own state on the 1967 borders if Israel moves ahead with annexation.