A new book has revealed that the British ambassador to the United States warned the Trump administration in June 2020 that if Israel progressed with its plan to annex much of the West Bank, London would formally recognize the Palestinian state.
Karen Pierce sent this message during her meeting with US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace envoy Avi Bergovich and Brian Hook’s special envoy to Iran on June 12, 2020, Israeli journalist Barack Ravid wrote in his post. The book “Trump’s Silence.”
Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser at the time, sent Berkowitz and Hooke to meet with Perez. Although the Trump administration was overwhelmed by calls from world leaders that then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not allow the United States to move ahead with plans to begin annexing parts of the West Bank on July 1, 2020, Britain’s response went. And surprised the Americans. , According to the book.
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Ravid speculated that Britain’s recognition of Palestine might have prompted other European countries, such as France and Spain, to do the same – the dominant effect of the Palestinian Authority, which Israel has long feared.
Netanyahu announced his plans to annex large areas of the West Bank apparently under the auspices of the Trump peace plan in early 2020 – although Ravid said the administration was shocked by the move and vehemently opposed it.
Although Kushner was not in favor of the merger, the book notes that the administration’s feeling at the time was that there was no way Netanyahu could stop it.
The day before the meeting with Perez, Berkovich met with a group of senior German diplomats who expressed their complete opposition to the merger plan. In the book of David, Berkovich recalls, “I told them, ‘Go to the Palestinians and tell them that the annexation is moving forward.’ Ask them what they want us to try in return.
Following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Ramallah regime severed ties with Washington several years ago.
Ravitt’s book reveals the extent of Trump’s opposition to Netanyahu’s merger plans.
According to Ravid, Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, encouraged the Netanyahu government to annex parts of the West Bank, without the president or Kushner managing the plan – both opposed the idea.
With Friedman’s support in mind, Netanyahu announced the merger plan at the launch of Trump’s peace plan at the White House in January 2020.
The book states that Trump and Kushner, the creator of the peace plan, were completely shocked by Netanyahu’s announcement.
According to Trump’s peace plan, Israel will annex all its settlements and the Jordan Valley as part of a final peace agreement. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Netanyahu’s plan.
The connection was never completed. In the days and weeks that followed, US talks with the United Arab Emirates progressed, allowing Kushner to normalize Israel with the United Arab Emirates in exchange for suspending Netanyahu’s merger plan – which the former prime minister eventually agreed to.
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