September 28, 2020

Trump plan ‘historic’, peace deals crucial: Israel foreign minister

Israel’s new foreign minister said Monday that US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal offered an “historic opportunity” but that regional peace deals must be maintained during its implementation.

Gabi Ashkenazi, who became the Jewish state’s top diplomat when a new unity government was sworn in on Sunday, made the comments at a transition ceremony in Jerusalem.

“The plan will be promoted responsibly and in coordination with the United States, while maintaining peace agreements and the strategic interests of Israel,” Ashkenazi said according to a copy of his remarks seen by AFP.

Shortly before his new government was sworn in, right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was time for Israel to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Such settlements, home to some 400,000 Jews in the West Bank, are considered illegal under international law.

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