PM to announce he accepts Trump’s Mideast peace plan as basis for talks with the PA, but in Knesset vote will only bring sovereignty plan.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is planning to separate his plan to apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria from his acceptance of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, according to a report by Reshet Bet Wednesday morning.
The report claims that the Prime Minister has decided to bring his sovereignty plan to the Knesset plenum for a vote, but without the larger Mideast peace plan.
Netanyahu will publicly announce his support for the resumption of final status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on the basis of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, but with no explicit reference to Palestinian statehood or backing for the peace plan’s endorsement of the establishment of a Palestinian state.
In response to the report, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that “The prime minister reiterates that he is committed to conducting negotiations on the basis of the Trump plan, and at the same time will continue with his sovereignty plan.”
Settlement leaders and other right-wing critics of the Trump peace plan have expressed concern Netanyahu’s plan to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria could lead to Israel’s recognition of Palestinian statehood, or at least a formal pronouncement by Israel committing to back the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Leaders of the Yesha Council, which represents Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, met with Netanyahu Tuesday to discuss his plans to apply sovereignty, and the US peace plan.
During the gathering, Netanyahu told settlement leaders that Israel has a “historic opportunity to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria,” while emphasizing his obligation under the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan to conduct final status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, should the PA drop its opposition to talks.
Samaria Regional Council chief Yossi Dagan, a member of the Yesha Council, said Wednesday morning on Reshet Bet that he remains concerned that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s bid to win US recognition of his sovereignty plan risked leading Israel down a path which would end in the establishment of a Palestinian state in most of Judea and Samaria.
“The support of the American government isn’t worth the risk of having a terrorist state established, or the abandonment of tens of thousands of residents in isolated towns to life-threatening dangers.”