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Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank, - U.S. ambassador

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank
18:57, 9 June 2019

Defence Ministry of Israel

Israel has a right to annex at least some, but “unlikely all,” of the West Bank, the United States ambassador, David M. Friedman, said in an interview to The New York Times.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a move that would violate international law and could be a fatal blow to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Under certain circumstances,” Mr. Friedman said, “I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.”

Mr. Friedman declined to say how the United States would respond if Mr. Netanyahu moved to annex West Bank land unilaterally.

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“We really don’t have a view until we understand how much, on what terms, why does it make sense, why is it good for Israel, why is it good for the region, why does it not create more problems than it solves,” Mr. Friedman said. “These are all things that we’d want to understand, and I don’t want to prejudge.”

Palestine Liberation Organization and the Hamas movement have criticized the words of the ambassador.

We recall, the administration of President Donald Trump plans to submit a plan for the peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East in June 2019, immediately after the Muslims end the holy month of Ramadan.
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