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TV: Trump peace plan to recognize West Bank settlements as Israeli territory

US President Donald Trump’s peace plan is expected to include a recognition of West Bank settlements as Israeli territory, Channel 12 news reports.

According to the report, which did not cite a source, the plan will call for all settlements to remain under Israeli control, and for major Palestinian population centers in the West Bank to be Palestinian Authority control.

The US is also not expected to oppose any unilateral Israeli moves regarding the status of the settlements, such as the application of civilian law, the network reports.

The White House has said its peace plan will be released after the formation of a new Israeli government and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends at the beginning of June.

Prior to last month’s elections for the Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed to apply Israeli law to West Bank settlements if he were reelected. He is currently holding negotiations to form a ruling coalition, which is expected to be made up of right-wing and religious parties.

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