White House says US, Israel did not discuss annexation of West Bank settlements
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White House says US, Israel did not discuss annexation of West Bank settlements

February 13, 2018

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On Monday, the White House said the U.S. and Israel had not discussed the possible annexation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Earlier on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “on the subject of applying sovereignty [to West Bank settlements], I can say that I have been talking to the Americans about it for some time.”

After Netanyahu’s claim, White House spokesman Josh Raffel said, “Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false. The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the President’s focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.”

Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes said he was not aware that any “concrete proposal had been discussed,” CNN reported.

Israeli communities have been established in the West Bank since Israel’s occupation in 1967. Palestinians and Israelis both claim the West Bank to be their territory. Under Israel’s Sovereignty Law, the country could annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which are currently under the jurisdiction of the Israeli military.

During the Obama administration, the U.N. passed a resolution that considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law.

Sources: Al Jazeera, CNN, Vox