Biden Opposes Israel ‘Annexing’ West Bank as Potentially ‘Choking off Any Hope of Peace’

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On 28 January President Donald Trump formally unveiled his plan for Middle East peace, authored by a team led by his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Palestinian authorities rejecting the proposal as flagrantly biased.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday offered his most vocal to date opposition to the Israel’s government’s moves to annex Jewish settlements as part of the move to claim sovereignty over the West Bank and Jordan Valley, reported The Hill citing a transcript of the former vice president’s statement.

Voicing concerns that Israel’s moves could torpedo any hopes for a negotiated solution with the Palestinians, Biden said:

Nonetheless, Biden stopped short of using the issue of US military assistance to Tel Aviv as a means of exerting pressure on israel to reject annexation.

The Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also urged the Palestinian leadership to recognise israel as a Jewish state.

In previous statements, Biden was wary of openly opposing annexation, arguing that unilateral steps of both Israel and Palestine render achieving a two-state solution even more difficult.

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