White House adviser Jared Kushner says Israel has agreed not to move forward with West Bank annexation without US consent, which Washington plans to withhold for “some time.”
He speaks to reporters days after a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE — which will see ties established between the two Middle Eastern countries in exchange for Israel’s suspension of its annexation bid — was announced.
“We built a very trusting relationship with Israel. President Trump is committed to holding them accountable to it, and Israel has agreed with us that they will not move forward without our consent. We do not plan to give our consent for some time, as right now the focus has to be on getting this new peace agreement implemented. We really want to get as much interchange between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as possible, and we really want Israel to focus on creating new relationships and new alliances,” says Kushner.
“That land is land that right now that Israel, quite frankly, controls. It’s Israelis who are living there. It’s not going anywhere. There shouldn’t be any urgency to apply Israeli law. So we believe that they will stick to their agreement,” he adds.
— with Eric Cortellessa