Trump not necessarily opposed to annexation of ‘settlements’

Israel’s deputy foreign minister slammed her superior for saying that incorporating Judea and Samaria into Israel would create a crisis with the Trump administration. 

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely rejected assertions by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that annexing Judea and Samaria would lead to a crisis with the new US administration.

“Lieberman is trying to dictate reality that has not yet been created in Washington,” said Hotovely. “The administration has not yet formulated its strategic plan in the region.”

Hotovely also accused Liberman of undermining Israel’s freedom to decide on its own policies.

“The US administration is open to new political thinking and all options are still on the table,” she stated. “This unnecessary intimidation is causing damage to Israel’s freedom of action.”

After Trump’s election victory, his senior adviser, Jason Greenblatt, said that “Trump does not view the settlements [Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria] as being an obstacle to peace.”

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News