A vote in Israel’s Cabinet to annex parts of the West Bank will not take place early next week as originally planned.
A senior Israeli minister said the vote would be postponed despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise to act swiftly on the matter after the U.S. released a Middle East peace plan on Tuesday.
Netanyahu had originally planned a vote for Sunday, which if approved, would have endorsed the annexation of about 30% of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.
The proposed vote would follow the parameters outlined in President Donald Trump’s plan to allow the annexation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. In exchange for those and other territorial concessions, Palestinians would be granted a “demilitarized” state covering 70% of the area plus the Gaza Strip.
Right-wing politicians in Israel have long been advocating for annexing the settlements, and warned against a delay in voting until after parliamentary elections in March.
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