ג'ארד קושנר תדרוך עיתונאים הבית הלבן
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner
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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner

U.S. won't approve Israeli annexations for 'some time', Kushner says

White House adviser says Israel has agreed to not go ahead with move without Washington’s consent; deal with UAE saw Jerusalem suspend plans to extend sovereignty

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Published: 08.17.20, 17:56
The United States will not consent to Israeli annexations in the West Bank for "some time," preferring to focus on the Israel-UAE normalization deal and wider regional peace efforts, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday.
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  • The United Arab Emirates has said that its move to formalize relations with Israel, announced on Thursday, put paid to an annexation plan that had angered Palestinians, who want the West Bank as part of a future state, and upset some world powers.
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    ג'ארד קושנר תדרוך עיתונאים הבית הלבן
    ג'ארד קושנר תדרוך עיתונאים הבית הלבן
    Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner
    (Photo: AP)
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cast the annexation plan - already dogged by disagreements within his governing coalition on the proposed timing - as temporarily on hold. But Israeli officials have signaled they want approval from Israel's main ally the United States first.
    "Israel has agreed with us that they will not move forward without our consent. We do not plan to give our consent for some time," Kushner told reporters in a telephone briefing.
    "Right now the focus has to be on, you know, getting this new peace agreement implemented," he said.
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    Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
    Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
    Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
    (Photo: AFP)
    "We really want to get as much interchange between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as possible and we want Israel to focus on creating new relationships and new alliances."
    The U.S.-UAE-Israel joint statement on the normalization deal said Israel had agreed to "suspend" the annexation plan.
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    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "What you’re saying as suspension, we're seeing as stopping," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told reporters shortly after the deal was announced.
    President Reuven Rivlin on Monday invited the de facto UAE leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Jerusalem, praising his role in achieving a "noble and courageous" normalization pact, only the third between Israel and an Arab country in more than 70 years.
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