U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Has Right to Annex Parts of West Bank

(New York Times) David M. Halbfinger - "Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank," U.S. Ambassador David M. Friedman said in an interview in Jerusalem last week. "Certainly Israel's entitled to retain some portion of it." Friedman also accused Palestinian leaders of wrongheadedly using "massive pressure" to deter business leaders from attending an economic conference that the U.S. is organizing this month in Bahrain. "It's unfair the way the Palestinians have described this as a bribe or as an attempt to buy off their national aspirations. It's not at all. It's an attempt to give life to their aspirations by creating a viable economy." He said there was a "silent majority" of Palestinians who would jump at the U.S. peace plan if not for the "real-life consequences" they could face from repressive West Bank officials.

2019-06-10 00:00:00

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