“The prime minister reiterates that he is committed to conducting negotiations on the basis of the Trump plan, and at the same time will continue with his sovereignty plan.” This statement was put out by Binyamin Netanyahu’s office on Wednesday, June 2. On Tuesday, he met with Judea and Samaria settlement leaders and other critics of the Trump Mid-East Peace plan over their concerns that its acceptance incurs Israel’s recognition of Palestinian statehood. They are also disturbed by the permanent freeze on building mandated in the plan and the marooning of some 19 isolated settlements as enclaves in a future Palestinian state – even after Israel extends sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. The entire road network would have to be revamped in any case.
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