The United States will not consent to Israeli annexations in the occupied West Bank for “a while,” preferring to focus on the Israel-UAE normalization agreement and broader regional peace efforts, the House’s senior adviser said on Monday. Blanche, Jared Kushner.
The UAE said their decision to formalize relations with Israel, announced on Thursday, ended an annexation plan that angered Palestinians, who wanted the West Bank to be part of a future state, and upset some world powers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled the annexation plan – already hampered by disagreements within his governing coalition over the proposed timetable – as temporarily suspended. But Israeli officials have signaled that they want the approval of Israel’s main ally – the United States first.
“Israel agreed with us that they would not go ahead without our consent. We don’t plan to give our consent for some time, ”Kushner told reporters during a telephone point.
“Right now we have to focus on, you know, the implementation of this new peace agreement,” he said.
“We really want to get as much trade as possible between Israel and the UAE, and we want Israel to focus on building new relationships and alliances. ”
The joint US-UAE-Israel statement on the normalization agreement said Israel had agreed to “suspend” the annexation plan.
“What you say as a suspension, we see it as a stop,” UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash told reporters shortly after the deal was announced.
The Israeli president on Monday invited the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates to visit Jerusalem, praising his role in achieving a “noble and courageous” normalization pact, only the third between Israel and an Arab country in addition to 70 years.