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Blue and White said to speculate that Trump will bar Netanyahu from W. Bank annexation

Based on conversations with US officials, the growing speculation in the Blue and White party is that US President Donald Trump’s administration will ultimately decide against backing Israeli moves to annex the West Bank, Channel 13 reports.

Washington has largely given its blessing to Israel’s annexation efforts, saying it would rescind its veto once a government has been formed and a joint US-Israel mapping team has completed its efforts to determine exactly which West Bank land Israel will be allowed annex. Their work has been hindered due to the coronavirus, though the director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office told the Makor Rishon newspaper that the pandemic has not forced a total cessation of efforts.

Still, some analysts speculate that Washington may be more hesitant to allow such a far-reaching move to go forward just months before the November presidential election.

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