Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

French President Macron urges Netanyahu not to proceed with annexation

Annexation of portions of the West Bank would “contravene international law,” French President Emmanuel Macron warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It would also “jeopardize the possibility of a two-state solution” and a “fair and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he said. The two men spoke on Thursday, but a summary of their comments was […]

Annexation Will Probably Go Smoothly. The Problems Will Come Later.

The timing and scope of the plan is still uncertain, but when Israel announces its expected decision to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the world’s attention will turn to the immediate impact. People who care about the region will be watching closely to see if Palestinians rise up in protest, if the Palestinian Authority […]

Netanyahu: Sovereignty may start small if Gantz insists

Israel may apply its law to only some of the settlements this summer because the US will only support it if Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantzis on board, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of former IDF senior commanders on Monday. There is a strong possibility that Gantz will only agree for sovereignty to be […]

PA threatens to cancel recognition of Israel

Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammad Shtayyeh warned on Monday that if Israel fulfills its intention to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, the PLO may cancel its recognition of Israel. In an interview with the Palestine television network, Shtayyeh said that the PLO had a number of diplomatic cards to use against Israel, including the recognition […]

‘Netanyahu promised clusters, not isolated communities’

Karnei Shomron Mayor Yigal Lahav met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday and received from him a promise that sovereignty would be applied to all Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley. “He said that on July 1 he would submit to the Knesset plenum a proposal to apply sovereignty to all localities […]

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 […]

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 […]

Netanyahu urges doubtful settler chiefs to get behind ‘historic’ West Bank plan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told recalcitrant settler leaders Tuesday they should get behind the “historic opportunity” to annex parts of the West Bank under the Trump administration’s peace plan. Netanyahu also said he is committed to negotiating with the Palestinians on the basis of the US proposal, his office said. The sides met at the […]

Can PM Netanyahu move on sovereignty without the Trump peace plan?

“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 […]

Gantz orders IDF to prepare for annexation at once

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday instructed Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi to accelerate preparations for the possibility that Israel will apply its laws to parts of the West Bank after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Trump administration officials. Gantz updated Kochavi on diplomatic developments after the calls and told him to speed […]