Ashkenazi: Annexation not on the agenda today or tomorrow – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on July 7, 2020

Israel will not extend its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank in the coming days, Foreign MinisterGabi Ashkenazisaid on Monday.

Its not on the agenda for today or tomorrow, Ashkenazi told KAN Bet.

Asked if sovereignty plans have been called off entirely, Ashkenazi said: I dont know, but I can say the Foreign Ministry is preparing diplomatic assessments and the Defense Ministry is preparing security assessments. It has deep ramifications.

July 1 passed with no action, but US Envoy for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz returned to Washington soon after for further discussions on the matter, after which Trump would weigh in. A US source told The Jerusalem Post that a decision would be announced this week.

Ashkenazi said he has spoken to over 30 foreign ministers, mostly from Europe.

I hear what they say, and I think its clear what were facing, in terms of their opposition to sovereignty moves, he said. We will take it into consideration when we make decisions.

I think the government of Israel, led by Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz will make sure to enact a responsible, measured process. We will hear the evaluations and then act, Ashkenazi stated.

The foreign minister reiterated his support for the Trump plan, saying it responds to the two things that concern most of the population in Israel, security and maintaining a Jewish majority.

Ashkenazi said the plan has to include negotiations with our neighbors, but he did not mention the Palestinians specifically, and said it will form a separate entity, not necessarily a Palestinian state.

We believe in a process that will bring peace, and that is not a dirty word, he said. We dont want to damage the peace treaties with our neighbors.

Ashkenazi added that Blue and White will support anything bringing us towards the goal we believe in, a Jewish state that is democratic and safe.

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