A controversial choice on whether or not to annex a lot of the West Bank is the prerogative of Israel’s new unity authorities, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Wednesday.
A breakthrough coalition settlement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former army chief Benny Gantz had talked about a job for the United States in deciding on future strikes.
“As for the annexation of the West Bank, the Israelis will ultimately make those decisions,” Pompeo advised reporters. “That’s an Israeli decision.”
“We will work closely with them to share with them our views in a private setting,” he stated.
He praised this week’s power-sharing deal between Netanyahu and Gantz following three consecutive elections that ended inconclusively.
“A fourth election, we think, would not have been in Israel’s best interest,” Pompeo stated.
“We’re glad that there is a now fully formed government in Israel,” he stated.
President Donald Trump earlier this 12 months outlined a plan for the Middle East that gave Israel the inexperienced mild to annex Jewish settlements and different strategic territory within the occupied West Bank.
Netanyahu had heralded the Trump plan as a historic alternative for Israel however Gantz had been extra cautious.
Under a coalition settlement, the Israeli cupboard can take up Trump’s plan in addition to annexation beginning on July 1. It states that any measures could be executed “in full agreement of the United States.”
The Palestinians in addition to the European Union have criticized the Trump plan as successfully closing the door to a two-state answer within the Middle East.
Pompeo, nevertheless, has stated that the United States doesn’t think about settlements within the Palestinian territories to be a violation of worldwide regulation — a break from the worldwide consensus.
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