Ramallah, Jul 1 (Plenglish) The Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation, Ofir Akunis, on Wednesday ratified his government’s intention to annex parts of the West Bank in July, but explained that such a step will depend on a statement from the United States.
The sovereignty (partial annexation) will certainly happen in July, but it has to be done in partnership with the United States and both parties are still resolving their differences regarding the contours of such project, said the official quoted by The Jerusalem Post.
That act, he insisted, will only occur after a statement by President Donald Trump, which was initially scheduled for late last week, but was later postponed.
According to Akunis, the Jordan Valley as well as the settlement blocks – of Jewish settlers – within the so-called area (C) of the West Bank, rich in natural resources, will be included in the maps of the expansionist program, rejected by the Palestinians and by numerous voices of the international community.
According to the coalition agreement signed between the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the head of defense, Benny Gantz, – who will replace him in November 2021, Israel could annex up to 30 percent of the lands belonging to that Arab people, starting this July 1st.
This program is based on the ‘Deal of the Century’ presented in January by the White House occupant, which provides the Palestinians with limited autonomy within a fragmented homeland and leaves the Jordan Valley under the control of Tel Aviv.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) immediately condemned the U.S. proposal for considering it completely contrary to previous settlement initiatives, based on the vision of two contiguous states, with borders that predate 1967.
It therefore demands that the land where more than half a million Jewish settlers live, within settlements considered illegal, be returned to them.
Netanyahu had admitted on Tuesday that annexation was a complex and tense process, but had made it clear that it was still on his agenda.
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