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US ambassador to Israel cautions against unilateral West Bank annexation

US ambassador to Israel cautions against unilateral West Bank annexation
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David Friedman, the Trump administration's ambassador to Israel, tweeted Sunday warning Israeli politicians against voting to annex parts of the West Bank that are the sites of Israeli settlements.

In a pair of tweets posted early Sunday, Friedman warned that unilaterally annexing the territory in defiance of Palestinian criticism would endanger the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the latter of which have already rejected the plan outright.

The Associated Press reported that Israeli politicians had considered such a move in the days after the Trump administration's announcement of its Israel-Palestine peace plan, but later called off a vote on the issue.

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"President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE’s Vision for Peace is the product of more than three years of close consultations among the President, PM Netanyahu and their respective senior staff. As we have stated, the application of Israeli law to the territory which the Plan provides to be part of Israel is subject to the completion a mapping process by a joint Israeli-American committee," Friedman wrote. 

"Any unilateral action in advance of the completion of the committee process endangers the Plan & American recognition," he added.

The Trump administration's plan, unveiled this year, would allow the Israeli government to annex land currently home to Israeli settlements on Palestinian-claimed territory, while allowing Palestinian authorities to exert limited control over areas of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and east Jerusalem.

Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE have praised the plan, though Palestinian officials including President Mahmoud Abbas have rejected it.