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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 10, 2019. When he wins elections, netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley and, afterwards, all West Bank settlements.
The United States said Monday it was ready to recognize Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank but asked Israel’s government to also negotiate with the Palestinians.
“As we’ve made always clear, we’re prepared to recognize Israeli activities to extend Israeli sovereignty and also the application of Israeli law into areas of the West Bank that the eyesight foresees as being part of the State of Israel,” a US State Department spokesperson said when asked if the US would allow Israel’s new government to move forward with the process.
The measure is”from the context of the Government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in President Trump’s Vision,” the spokesperson told The Times of Israel.
“The annexation are in the context of an offer to the Palestinians to achieve statehood depending upon specific provisions, conditions, territorial dimensions and generous financial aid . That is an unprecedented and highly beneficial chance for the Palestinians,” the State Department spokesperson said.
The Trump peace plan unveiled earlier this season — that angered the Palestinians and was rejected by much of the global community — gave Israel the green light to annex settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley region.
The Palestinians have refused to negotiate with the Trump administration, believing it biased. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas jeopardized on Wednesday to cancel all arrangements with Israel and the US if Israel went ahead with annexation plans.
Monday’s remarks from the State Department expanded on comments to reporters Wednesday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said annexation was finally”an Israeli conclusion .”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Sunday that he was”convinced” US President Donald Trump would let him meet his election promise to apply Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank”a couple of months from today.”
“Three months before, that the Trump peace strategy recognized Israel’s rights in all of Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said, speaking to the West Bank by its biblical name. “And President Trump vowed to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Jewish communities there and in the Jordan Valley.”
“A couple of months from now, I am convinced that pledge is going to be honored,” Netanyahu said.
According to the wording of the”emergency authorities” deal between Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White faction, beginning July 1, 2020, Netanyahu”will have the ability to bring the agreement reached with the US on the use of sovereignty [in the West Bank] for its approval of the cupboard and or the Knesset.”
In addition,”the law will be passed as quickly as possible… and will not be disrupted or delayed by the chairmen of either the House or the Foreign Affairs and Defense committees.”
The Netanyahu-Gantz bargain have to take into account Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and neighboring Jordan, the only two Arab states that have formal peace treaties and diplomatic relations with Israel, and stipulates that any actions would need US backing.
The prospect of annexation has lately attracted international condemnation.
The Arab League plans to hold an urgent virtual meeting this week to galvanize opposition to the annexation plan, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi reportedly approached sockets in a number of nations including Russia, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Sweden and Norway to oppose the outline.
Senior officials in the European Union and United Nations on Thursday cautioned Israel against the intent to annex parts of the West Bank, together with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying that such a movement”would constitute a severe breach of global law.”
In a video briefing together with all the Security Council, which holds a meeting every month about the Israeli-Palestinian battle, the UN Middle East peace envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, said that an Israeli annexation would manage a”devastating blow” into the international supported two-state alternative, and”close the door to a renewal of negotiations and threaten efforts to advance regional peace”
Netanyahu’s right wing base is eager to move forward with annexation while the Trump administration is in office.
Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan through the 1967 Six Day War. Those territories are sought by the Palestinians as part of a future state. Annexation of West Bank settlements could infuriate the Palestinians and Israel’s Arab neighbors.