Gantz Hints at Delaying Annexation


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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