In show of support for PM, settler leaders give sovereignty bid green light

As Israel moves closer to applying sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Blue and White leader Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Sunday evening to discuss the Trump administration’s outline for peace. The two former IDF chiefs of staff presented a united position on the matter, saying the sovereignty initiative must be implemented in such a way as to garner broad consensus within Israel, international support and doesn’t harm diplomatic relations with Jordan and Egypt.

Prior to his discussion with Gantz and Ashkenazi, Netanyahu met with representatives of 12 localities in Judea and Samaria. Also in attendance was Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin. The settler leaders arrived with a message of support for the Trump plan and the sovereignty initiative Netanyahu is spearheading. Among the settlement leaders in attendance were the mayors of Ariel and Modiin Ilit, and the heads of the regional councils of Efrat, Oranit, Alfei Menashe, Karnei Shomron, Emmanuel, and others.