Gantz Hints at Delaying Annexation

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday appeared to push toward delaying Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank.

The Times of Israel reports that in a meeting with President Trump’s envoy Avi Berkowitz and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Gantz said the July 1 deadline for annexation is not set in stone.

Gantz instead urged delaying annexation until other, more immediate problems are dealt with, such as the coronavirus crisis.

“July 1 is not a sacred date,” he reportedly said. “Dealing with the coronavirus and its socioeconomic and health consequences is the more pressing issue that needs to be tended to right now.”

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