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Israel delays annexation in occupied West Bank

Reuters/Occupied Jerusalem
Filed on June 30, 2020 | Last updated on June 30, 2020 at 11.15 pm
Israel, delays, annexation, occupied West Bank

(Reuters)

Israel still did not have the green light it seeks from Washington to begin extending its sovereignty.

An Israeli minister played down on Tuesday the likelihood of major moves to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on July 1, the planned start date for cabinet debate on the issue.

Zeev Elkin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, said Israel still did not have the green light it seeks from Washington to begin extending its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, territory Palestinians seek for a state.

Netanyahu said he had met US Ambassador David Friedman and White House adviser Avi Berkowitz to discuss "the sovereignty question", adding: "We are working on it in these very days and will continue working on it in the coming days."


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