Kushner: the US does not intend to approve the annexation of territories in the West Bank

Israel calls the annexation plan postponed, and the UAE insists on its complete cancellation.

The US will not agree to Israel’s annexation of territories in the occupied West Bank “for some time,” preferring to focus on an agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE and broader regional peacemaking, presidential adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates said that the agreement with Israel, which was announced on Thursday, put an end to the annexation plan, which caused outrage among the Palestinians and concern among several world powers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the annexation plan was on hold and added that he wanted first to enlist the support of Israel’s main ally.

“Israel has agreed that it should not take further steps without our consent. We don’t plan to give consent for some time,” Kushner told reporters during a telephone briefing.

“Now, we need to focus on implementing this new peace agreement,” he added. “We want to see as much interaction as possible between Israel and the UAE and for Israel to focus on creating new relationships and new alliances.”

In a joint statement, the US, UAE, and Israel said that Israel had agreed to “suspend” the annexation plan.

“What you call a suspension, we consider a termination,” UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash told reporters shortly after the agreement was announced.

The Palestinians, whose peace talks with Israel have stalled, have condemned the UAE’s position.

Kushner said that the responsibility for accepting the peace plan presented in January lies with the Palestinians themselves, who are boycotting the administration of President Donald Trump, accusing it of Pro-Israel bias.