U.S.-Israel Mapping Team Goes to Work

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David Friedman, U.S ambassador to Israel (C), shown here with Oded Revivi, Head of Efrat Regional Council (3rd L) and heads of local councils in Yehudah and Shomron during a visit to Efrat, in Gush Etzion, last week Thursday. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Several weeks after the unveiling of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan, an Israeli-American team has begun the work of filling in the details to a rough map prepared by the White House at the time.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and the bilateral mapping team toured the overlook near Ariel, a city of about 30,000 in the Shomron.

The complete mapping of Yehudah and Shomron is a requirement of the peace plan before Israel can begin the application of sovereignty in the region.

PM Netanyahu said: “The process will be completed as quickly as possible. We will do this as rapidly as possible; there is no artificial impediment. For the mapping process, one must consider every valley, every section, every nook and every line; this is serious. We are determining here lines that have historic implications. Therefore, the work will be done as quickly as possible, and we will not stop for anything,” according to a statement released by the PMO.

When asked how soon after the mapping is completed Israel will apply sovereignty, Netanyahu replied, “As far as we are concerned, immediately,” and said he would bring it for cabinet approval right away, The Times of Israel reported.