U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has cautioned Israel to not to proceed with annexing Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria before a joint Israel-U.S. committee completes mapping the area.
“The application of Israeli law to the territory which the Plan provides to be part of Israel is subject to the completion of a mapping process by a joint Israeli-American committee,” Friedman tweeted, adding that “any unilateral action in advance of the completion of the committee process endangers the Plan & American recognition.”
The ambassador clarified the tweet at a conference hosted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. “It was not a threat,” Friedman said.
“A little bit of patience, to go through a process, to do it right, is not something which we think is too much to ask for,” he said.
There appears to be a discrepancy between the definition of “patience” between the U.S. and Israel.
On Saturday evening, in a speech in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government is working on mapping the territory to be added to the Jewish State, he also called for patience.
“We’ve been waiting since 1967, and people are making a big deal over a few weeks. It will happen,” Netanyahu said.
However, last Thursday, Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner talked of “a couple of months” to work out the map while speaking to journalists at the UN.