Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered the IDF on Monday to brace for a possible annexation of West Bank areas.
He said he instructed IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi to prepare plans for this possibility and brief him on the range of scenarios that the situation could follow.
Speaking at a Blue & White faction meeting, Gantz also said that both himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are in touch with the Trump administration in the U.S. on bringing to life its Middle East peace plan.
Under the plan, Israel will annex parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, in exchange for the Palestinians founding a sovereign state on the remaining territory.
Gantz voiced his approval of the plan at Monday's meeting, saying that its vision was Israel's chance to set "permanent borders."
At the same time, Gantz stressed the importance of maintaining ties with Israel's neighbors and regional states.
“Striving for peace while maintaining security is foundational for every Israel citizen and for Blue & White in a concrete way,” he stated.
During coalition talks with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Gantz was reportedly less than eager to embrace the annexation, preferring to conduct such moves in accord with the international community and the Palestinians.
Under the coalition deal, however, a motion for annexation can be put to vote in as soon as July, although Gantz and his faction are not obliged to support it.