As it was expected, despite the UAE-Israeli peace deal, Israel is not going to give up on the annexation of West Bank territories.
Israel agreed to delay annexation in the occupied West Bank, but not to remove the plan to do this as part of a normalisation deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
The Israeli leader confirmed that the plans to annex the West Bank remain “on the table” during the speech on August 13.
“The American president asked me to wait on the extension of Israeli sovereignty over more lands,” Netanyahu said.
“There is no change to my plan to extend sovereignty, our sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, in full coordination with the United States.”
Netanyahu added that “Israel will have comprehensive peace agreements with other Arab countries without returning to the 1967 borders,” and claimed that “Abu Dhabi will make huge investments in Israel.”
This Israeli stance is not unexpected, but goes contrary to the public declarations about the outcome of the deal. In particular, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed emphasized that “it was agreed to stop Israel’s annexation of the Palestinian lands.”
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