Netanyahu ‘confident’ Trump will allow West Bank annexation in two months

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump posters are seen ahead of the General elections in Jerusalem on 16 September 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency]
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump posters are seen ahead of the General elections in Jerusalem on 16 September 2019. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh – Anadolu Agency)
The new Israeli government arrangement means Israel is now ready to move ahead soon with annexation.

By Middle East Monitor | April 26, 2020

Netanyahu described a US peace proposal announced by President Donald Trump in January as a promise to recognize Israel’s authority over West Bank settlement land.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced confidence on Sunday that Washington would give Israel the nod within two months to move ahead with de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, Reuters reports.

Palestinians have expressed outrage at Israel’s plans to cement its hold further on land it seized in the 1967 Middle East war, territory they are seeking for a state.

Netanyahu, in announcing a deal with his centrist rival Benny Gantz last week to form a unity government, set July 1 for the start of cabinet discussions on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and annexing outright the area’s Jordan Valley.

Such a move would need to be agreed with Washington, according to the Netanyahu-Gantz agreement.

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