Netanyahu Says Jordan Valley Annexation Needs U.S. Approval

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a Tree planting event for the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, in the West Bank settlement of Mevo’ot Yericho, in the Jordan Valley, February 10, 2020. (Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏ addressed on Monday the vexed issue of the timing and method of annexations in the Jordan Valley and Yehudah and Shomron.

During a tour of the Jordan Valley, PM Netanyahu said that annexation could not be done unilaterally, but only in consultation with the Americans.

“We are going to do this with the agreement of the Americans, because this can’t be a one-sided act. We want U.S. consent and we have it,” Netanyahu said, according to The Jerusalem Post.

He stipulated that an Israeli-American team must complete the mapping of the areas in question before implementation can take place.

Whatever the delay might be, though, he stressed there was no turning back.

“We have brought about an unequivocal statement from President Trump that he will recognize the application of our sovereignty on all our communities in Yehudah and Shomron,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu spoke at Mevot Yericho, which was converted from an outpost into a legal community via a special cabinet vote in September. It was intended to be a sign of in intent to apply sovereignty to that area after the formation of a government.