Gantz in separate dialogue with Washington on annexation

PM Binyamin Netanyahu is talking through endless disputes and international flak in an all-out effort to clear the way for partial West Bank annexation by his July 1 deadline. On Sunday night, June 7, he admitted he does not have a green light from Washington.

When the unity government was formed last month by Likud and Kahol Lavan, Washington opened a direct line, separate from Netanyahu’s links, to the latter’s leaders, alternate prime minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gaby Ashkenazi. DEBKAfile’s political sources report that they are in regular contact with President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner through his assistant Avi Berkowitz and with David Schenker, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Dept. Representing Gantz in these conversations is former Air Force Commander Maj. Gen (Res) Amir Eshel, whom Gantz appointed Director-General when he took over the Defense Ministry.