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    On 6 April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex settlements in the West Bank if he secures another term as prime minister in Israel's parliamentary elections on 9 April.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Thursday that the Washington would discuss possibility of Israel annexing West Bank settlements when new Israeli government is formed, Reuters reported. Kushner noted that Israel and the Palestinians should wait to see his Middle East peace proposal before making any unilateral moves.

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump chat as White House senior advisor Jared Kushner is seen in between them, during their meeting at the King David hotel in Jerusalem May 22, 2017
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    Kushner told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that the Middle East peace proposal would be a "good starting point" to address the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

    "I hope both sides will take a real look at it, the Israeli side and the Palestinian side, before any unilateral steps are made," Kushner said

    President Trump’s son-in-law, who is believed to be the main architect of the upcoming peace plan, said earlier that the new plan will be a reversal of approaches by previous administrations, which attempted to begin processes leading to unspecified solutions.

    Relations between the Israel and Palestine have been tense for decades. The Palestinians are seeking diplomatic recognition for an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.

    READ MORE: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Slams Netanyahu for West Bank Annexation Remarks

    In April, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he does not believe Netanyahu's vows to annex the West Bank will hurt the US-led Mideast peace process.


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