Washington denies discussing annexation of settlements with Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump speaks with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018.

:: The White House denied on Monday that the United States had discussed with Israel a plan to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank.

White House spokesman Josh Raffle, who works with Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and who is in charge of this file, said the statements were “wrong” and that “the United States and Israel never discussed such a proposal, adding that the US president is focusing on his peace initiative between Israel and the Palestinians.”

On Monday, Netanyahu announced that he was discussing with the US administration a bill that would lead to annexing settlements in the occupied West Bank.

A spokesman quoted Netanyahu talking to his right-wing Likud deputies about the issue of imposing Israeli sovereignty: “I can tell you that I have been talking to the Americans about it for a while.”

Netanyahu explained that he wanted to coordinate these steps with the United States due to its strategic importance for Israel.

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