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US envoy warns Washington could pull support as Israel unilaterally starts drawing map for West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu © REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

9.2.2020

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has said that the unilateral action by Israel to annex land in the West Bank would endanger US support for a proposed blueprint for the region,

“Israel is subject to the completion [of] a mapping process by a joint Israeli-American committee. Any unilateral action in advance of the completion of the committee process endangers the Plan & American recognition,” Friedman said, in a message posted on Twitter.

David M. Friedman@USAmbIsrael · 13h

President Trump’s Vision for Peace is the product of more than three years of close consultations among the President, PM Netanyahu and their respective senior staff. As we have stated, the application of Israeli law to the territory which the Plan provides to be part of

David M. Friedman@USAmbIsrael

Israel is subject to the completion of a mapping process by a joint Israeli-American committee. Any unilateral action in advance of the completion of the committee process endangers the Plan & American recognition.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday that his government had begun to draw up maps of the land in the occupied West Bank, in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s proposed peace plan. However, Judging by Friedman’s message, it appears that Washington has taken issue with being excluded from the process, and could potentially withdraw support for the plan if Israel proceeds alone.

The area being mapped includes all of Israel’s illegal settlements in the Jordan Valley. Palestinians view these lands as rightfully theirs, comprising part of a future state.

“The only map that can be accepted as the map of Palestine is the map of the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” said Nabil Abu Rudeinah, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian outrage over the so-called ‘deal of the century’ has already led to violent incidents in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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