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Israel Has Changed Its Mind About Annexing The Jordan Valley

Israel Has Changed Its Mind About Annexing The Jordan Valley

Israel refused to Annex the Jordan valley and notified the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), the Times of Israel reported, citing Channel 12.

According to a senior Palestinian official, the message was sent to the head of the PNA, Mahmoud Abbas, via Jordan after a meeting between Mossad head of Israeli intelligence, Yossi Cohen, and King Abdullah II.

The Israeli side has notified the Palestinian leadership that it intends to limit itself to annexing two or three settlements in the West Bank.

In turn, senior adviser and son-in-law of the US President Jared Kushner appealed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone the annexation of part of the occupied territories of the West Bank.

According to the Arab media, this request is dictated by Washington's desire to avoid deterioration of relations with the Persian Gulf countries.

Netanyahu planned to begin annexing about 30% of the West Bank, including the strategically important Jordan Valley, on July 1 as part of the Middle East settlement plan unveiled in January by Trump. But for this step, according to the agreement reached during the formation of the coalition government of Israel, the approval of Washington must be obtained.

Meanwhile, according to Israeli media, Washington has different opinions on how the annexation of territories should be carried out.

As the Times of Israel newspaper wrote earlier, Washington may tell Israel that not all the desired territories should be annexed immediately, but will offer to do it in stages, starting with the territories adjacent to Jerusalem. This opinion was reached in Washington because of the sharp criticism of this plan by all US partners in Europe and the Middle East. Washington fears that if Israel declares its sovereignty over all the desired territories at once, it could threaten to break many ties in the region. Also, the White House does not want a sharp annexation to exclude the possibility of negotiations between the parties in the future.