Cruz urges Trump to support Israeli annexation

Cruz urges Trump to support Israeli annexation
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Senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Trump says he'll sign order with 'road to citizenship' for DACA recipients Texas lawmakers ask HHS to set up field hospital, federal resources in the state MORE (R-Texas) is leading Republican colleagues in urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE to give Israel the green light to annex territory in the West Bank and Jordan Valley, outlined in the White House’s vision for a solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. 

Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a letter from GOP senators to Trump on Tuesday urging the White House to put its support behind plans by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE to take action on annexation beginning July 1.

The White House has yet to speak out on Netanyahu’s efforts, and it’s unclear which territory the U.S. would support as belonging to Israel. 

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A joint U.S. and Israeli mapping team has worked to define borders broadly outlined in Trump’s vision for peace, unveiled in January and which identified about 30 percent of the West Bank and all of the Jordan Valley as belonging to Israel. But the mapping team has yet to make their efforts public. 

Cruz, joined by Sens. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad Mellman: Roberts rescues the right? MORE (R-Ark.), Kevin CramerKevin John CramerGOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle GOP skeptical of polling on Trump Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law MORE (R-N.D.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations MORE (R-N.C.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump nominates controversial, longtime acting head of BLM as director | Ernst sinks vote on Trump EPA nominee | Massive dust storm from Africa hits Texas, Louisiana MORE (R-Wyo.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstErnst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-Iowa), put their support behind Trump’s peace plan and urged the president to provide administration officials resources to help Israel implement the plan. 

“We write to congratulate you on the continued progress of the 'Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and a Brighter Future for Israel and the Palestinian People,' to express our support for its ongoing implementation including the extension of Israeli civil law into Israeli communities and areas critical for Israel's security such as the Jordan Valley, and to commit to providing your administration with the resources it requires for such implementation,” the senators wrote. 

The letter continued that it is the “sovereign decision of our Israeli allies” whether they move forward on annexation, “but of course their decision takes place against the backdrop of the Vision for Peace and its assurances of American recognition.”

The statement from Senate Republicans follows a letter sent Monday by a majority of House GOP lawmakers expressing support for Israel’s “right to make decisions without outside pressure to ensure defensible borders.”

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Trump’s plan for peace was widely rejected by the Palestinians and the international community and was criticized for envisioning a disparate Palestinian state encircled by an Israeli security barrier.

Senate Democrats in recent weeks have come out against annexation, following similar statements by the European Union and a top diplomat from the United Arab Emirates. 

Trump was reported to be meeting this week with key members of his administration involved in the White House's peace plan over whether to offer support for Israel annexing territory.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment by The Hill.