Netanyahu assures settler leaders West Financial institution annexation will not be tied to Trump plan – Israel Information

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised settler leaders in a gathering Tuesday that ought to annexation of West Financial institution lands be introduced earlier than the federal government or Knesset for approval, it might be promoted independently of the plan proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, in response to sources accustomed to the content material of the assembly.

After the assembly, Netanyahu’s workplace put out a press release that the prime minister is dedicated to negotiations with Palestinians below the Trump plan. This mens that Netanyahu’s dedication can be declarative relatively than written into legislation.


In previous weeks, settlers have opposed the conditions delineated within the Trump plan, particularly a freeze on settlement enlargement and the isolation of some 15 settlements inside territories of a future Palestinian state, which in addition they oppose the institution of.

“We face a historic alternative to use sovereignty to areas of Judea and Samaria [West Bank],” Netanyahu stated at first of the assembly, including that deliberations with the US on the matter are ongoing.

However behind closed doorways, Netanyahu has assured settlers that annexation can be promoted independently of the entire plan, and thus is not going to imply acquiescing to the features and preconditions which they oppose.


Benny Gantz’s social gathering, nonetheless, has opposed divorcing land annexation from the entire plan proposed by the White House.  

The 2-hour assembly on the Prime Minister’s Workplace was attended by Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, a detailed ally of Netanyahu and heads of the Yesha Council, a gaggle devoted to selling Jewish settlements within the West Financial institution. Netanyahu and Levin known as on the settler leaders to assist “this historic transfer.”

Sources who attended the assembly stated it was “very emotional” and “intermittently vocal.” They added that Netanyahu claimed he too hasn’t seen the ultimate American map outlining the components of the West Financial institution that could possibly be annexed below the plan, stressing that the map offered in the course of the January unveiling wasn’t ultimate.


Settler leaders concluded the assembly by saying that they’re trying ahead to continued dialogue with the prime minister.

Yochai Damari, head of the Mount Hebron Regional Council, advised Haaretz that settlement council leaders warned Netanyahu of the Trump plan’s dangers. Talking of the present U.S. administration, he stated: “We understand this historic alternative… Sovereignty is nice, however we have now to make sure the sovereignty map represents the settlement’s pursuits, and never leaving [Israeli] enclaves in any future Palestinian state. We oppose the institution of a Palestinian state altogether.”

A map showing the Jordan Valley annexation plan.

A common map exhibiting the Jordan Valley annexation plan.Credit score: Shaul Arieli

Palestinian leaders have unequivocally rejected the plan proposed by the Trump administration, saying it’s biased towards Israel, and known as for international sanctions if Israel goes forward with its plan for unilateral annexation.

Jordan’s Overseas Minister Ayman Safadi said in a Tuesday meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee that the worldwide group should block any Israeli strikes towards annexation and forestall such “unprecedented menace to peace.”


Safadi additionally stated annexation could have harmful penalties for Israel-Jordan relations. 

On Monday night, the Yesha Council head held a gathering with the right-wing Yamina alliance, on the finish of which Yamina head Naftali Bennett stated he wouldn’t assist the institution of a Palestinian state. Bennett, nonetheless, made clear that when a ultimate map is offered to Yamina, the social gathering will make its ultimate determination on the matter. 

Meretz lawmaker Tamar Zandberg criticized Netanyahu, saying he continues to inflame issues within the Center East. “This insane and messianic imaginative and prescient that was once a delirious notion of a handful of individuals has turn out to be the getaway plan of 1 man, who’s prepared to sacrifice the State of Israel on the altar of settlements so as to escape his trial,” Zandberg stated, referring to Netanyahu’s corruption trial.  


As Netanyahu’s goal date of July 1 approaches for annexing West Financial institution lands, rifts and disagreements are rising amongst Israeli settler leaders. Settler leaders are cautious to not seem as if they completely reject the Trump plan. As an alternative, they’re conveying that they anticipate the preconditions to be omitted and a greenlight for unilateral annexation whereas the longer term negotiations stay far off sooner or later.