Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to postpone his “immediate” plans of annexing parts of the West Bank because of several calls from the White House telling him to hold off.
On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that a U.S.-Israeli panel must first work through all the issues before any action takes place.
“That committee will work with all due deliberation to get to the right spot. But it is a process that does require some effort, some understanding, some calibration. We need to see the dimensions and see that it is not inconsistent with the maps,” Friedman said.
“We will designate shortly the members of the committee from our side. We hope the Israeli government will do the same. We will be presented with the plan and the proposal and we’ll consider it as part of the agreement. And they’ll make a decision,” he added.
Following President Trump’s release of his “Deal of the Century,” which calls for Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, a spokesman for Netanyahu announced that the Israeli leader will ask his Cabinet on Sunday to approve his plan to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.
However, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin announced on Wednesday the vote will be delayed because it “requires time to prepare and work on the different documents.”