Israel postpones controversial West Bank annexation – Middle East Monitor

Israel has postponed its controversial intend to annex portions of the West Bank, the country’s regional cooperation minister said Wednesday, Anadolu reports.

Annexation “will certainly happen in July,” nonetheless it has to be performed in partnership with the united states, Ofir Akunis told Army Radio.

The annexation “will only happen after a declaration by [US President Donald] Trump,” that he added.

The annexation was scheduled to be declared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

However, uncertainty surrounds Netanyahu’s position in light of widespread international rejection to the program along with differences with the united states administration on its application.

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In 2017, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and in 2019, the Golan Heights as belonging to Israel, both announcements met with worldwide criticism.

Encouraged by Trump’s alleged “Deal of the Century” proposal, this May Netanyahu announced that Israel would formally annex the Jordan Valley and all settlement blocs in the West Bank.

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is viewed as occupied territory under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there – along with the planned annexation – illegal.

Palestinian officials have threatened to abolish bilateral agreements with Israel if it goes ahead with annexation, which would further undermine a two-state solution.

Turkey and far of the international community do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it has occupied since 1967.