President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, advisor, and Israeli-Palestinian peace plan architect Jared Kushner has urged Israel to hold off on plans to annex settlements in the West Bank until elections take place and Tel Aviv’s long-running political stalemate is resolved.
Speaking to Gzero Media on Wednesday and commenting on the expected move by the Knesset to apply Israeli sovereignty to areas of the West Bank in the near future, Kushner said that “the hope is that they’ll wait until after the election, and we’ll work with them to try to come up with something.”
Asked if the US would support Israel if it moved forward to annex the territories, Kushner stressed that “what the administration is doing is we’ve agreed with them on forming a technical team to start studying, taking the conceptual map. The Jordan Valley can mean a lot of different things. And again, I want to make sure that we have all of the parameters defined”.
According to Kushner, the US and Israel would need a “couple months” to create a formal document “that we can both feel good about”.
“We’ll start working on the technical stuff now, but I think we’d need an Israeli government in place in order to move forward, but we’ll see what happens,” Kushner said.
On Wednesday, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein promised to “fast-track” any proposed bill on the annexation of parts of the West Bank in the wake of the unveiling of President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ peace plan. Earlier, the Israeli cabinet announced plans to convene next Tuesday to vote on annexation. Earlier this week, after meeting with Trump, Netanyahu told journalists that the settlements could be annexed by as soon as Sunday.