The White House: No West Bank annexation plan discussed with Israel

The White House on Monday denied that the US had discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank. Spokesman Josh Raffel called the report false. “The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the president’s focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative,” he said. He was responding to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu words to the Likud faction: “I can tell you that for a while now I’ve been talking about it with the Americans,” he said. “I’m guided by two principles in this issue … optimal coordination with the Americans, whose relationship with us is a strategic asset for Israel and the settlement movement; and the fact that it must be a government initiative rather than a private one because it would be a historic move.”

First, an unnamed US “senior diplomatic official” said that Netanyahu “did not present the US administration with specific proposals for West Bank annexation,” but that “Israel updated the US on various proposals that are being brought up in the Knesset, and the US expressed its clear position that it hopes to present [US] President [Donald] Trump’s peace plan. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s position is that if the Palestinians continue to refuse negotiating peace — Israel will present its own alternatives,” the official added.

The Prime Minister’s Office then also put out a clarification: “The Prime Minister updated the Americans on initiatives being presented in the Knesset, the Americans stated their unequivocal view that they are committed to furthering President Trump’s peace plan.”

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7 thoughts on “The White House: No West Bank annexation plan discussed with Israel

  • Feb 13, 2018 @ 0:12 at 0:12
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    Juda&Shomron should have been annexed in 1967 as it was liberated nobody dared to stand-up against the IDF. Also Har-Ha-Bait would have done been better Israeli-only control. No Waqf with control by the Jordanians.
    IDF was strong and is still strong, so why be sissy. Just take all of Israel. The sooner the better.

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    • Feb 13, 2018 @ 1:42 at 1:42
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      In theory you’re right but who wants to have to manage a million or two barbarians? Annex the main areas, build a wall and leave them to Jordan to sort out. No one will complain if Jordan kills off terrorists. They only complain if Jews kills terrorists.

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  • Feb 13, 2018 @ 0:53 at 0:53
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    Hmmm, now that I think about it, this is possibly a brilliant idea. With Israel assuming control of the West Bank, the lives of the ordinary citizens would VASTLY improve since funds / donations meant for them would actually be used for them. Additionally, resources and services provided by Israel would slowly become available to them which would definitely improve their quality of life. At the same time, Israel could round-up the terrorists among them and imprison them or ship them to the Iran border (just one possibility). They would have legal jurisdiction to then remove all weapons and destroy all armament facilities and have greater latitude in dealing with dissidents. After a period of roughness, it would then be time to consider annexing Gaza.

    I would recommend Israel proceed at all haste in legitimizing this and moving forward while President Trump is in office.

    Just my thoughts on this possibly brilliant idea. Peace.

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  • Feb 13, 2018 @ 0:57 at 0:57
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    Further, if Russia can annex the Crimea, then certainly Israel can annex the very land contiguous to it and given to them as declared by the oldest title in the world – the Word of God (the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob). Peace.

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  • Feb 13, 2018 @ 5:01 at 5:01
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    Its a good deal for muslims,jews, Israëli’s and palestinians…. just not the elite palestinians and terrorists because their power Will be gone

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  • Feb 13, 2018 @ 9:56 at 9:56
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    Make sure that the arabs in juda and shomron dont get israeli citizenship otherwhise they procreate like mice vote an arab government and take over G.d forbid Israel as it is a democratic state. There should be a special arab resident status without voting rights

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  • Feb 13, 2018 @ 14:40 at 14:40
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    God Gave all of Judea to Israel who would stop them from taking it? some would try, jordan maybe turkey or syria, russia would make a stink but i would just take the land expel the unwanted and damn the torpedoes. there is not a need for two state solution when there is a one state solution. im sure there are many hardliners Israel Government that would agree. they would argue well its not that simple , really it is .. already IDF cant even sent a jeep into Jennin without it being attacked those folks hate Israel , so why let them occupy the land? it is they who are the occupiers. send them to syria and let them eat cake with assad. and hes a dentist he can provide free dental care.

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