(MEMO) Senior White House officials were yesterday quoted by Israel’s Channel 13 as saying the US will back Israeli annexation of swathes of West Bank territory within months, if the Palestinians do not resume negotiations, reported the Times of Israel.
The television report added that Trump adviser Jared Kushner told “Republican and Democratic senators Wednesday in a closed briefing that the work of the Israeli-American joint team tasked with mapping the exact areas to be annexed would take several more months.”
Kushner reportedly declared that if Palestinians fail to return to negotiations, the process will continue regardless, and “the Palestinians will only be able to blame themselves”.
“Nobody can say we didn’t give the Palestinians an opportunity to return to the negotiating table,” said one White House source.
“If they want to come back and talk we are ready for that and we believe we could improve the plan for them. But if they don’t, we will continue moving ahead without them.”