This picture taken on February 1, 2020 shows a view at an Arab League emergency meeting discussing the US-brokered proposal for a settlement of the Middle East conflict, at the league headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo, as delegates take to their seats. - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas announced on February 1 a cut of all ties with Israel and the United States, including security cooperation, days after Washington unveiled a controversial Middle East peace plan. Abbas spoke at an Arab League meeting in Cairo called after US President Donald Trump presented the plan, which is seen as staunchly favouring Israel, but offers Palestinians a pathway to a limited state. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

TDN World Desk: Amid COVID-19 lockdown Israel allegedly involved in hatching sinister plan to annex West Bank. To oppose the move, Aral League has decided to convene an urgent virtual meeting this week.

The extraordinary meeting – scheduled for Thursday at the request of the Palestinian leadership – will bring together Arab foreign ministers via video conference, rather than a face-to-face meeting, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Saudi Gazette reported.

The Arab League’s deputy secretary Hossam Zaki said the ministers will “discuss in their virtual meeting providing political, legal and financial support to the Palestinian leadership to confront the Israeli plans”.

Last Friday turkey,a close friend of Palestine, issued statement opposing Israel’s move.

“We believe that such grave steps, which would undermine international law and wound the common conscience of humanity, would not be accepted or supported by any member of the international community who has a sense of justice and responsibility,” said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy in a written statement.

Reacting to Israel’s plan to annex large swaths the West Bank from the Palestinians,the UN’s coordinator for Israeli-Palestinian peace said it would be a “devastating blow” to the long-sought two-state solution.

The Arab League called the urgent meeting after a recent political move by Israel in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz signed a deal for a unity government that could accelerate the premier’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank in the coming months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a map of the Jordan Valley, vowing to extend Israeli territories the during a speech in Ramat Gan on Sep.10,2019. Picture -AFP

The Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit accused Israel of “exploiting the world’s preoccupation with the novel coronavirus to impose a new reality on the ground”. He also reported the heinous Iraeli plan of annexation of West Bank to United Nations and sought for justice.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War and has since extended its control by expanding its settlements there.