Israel will annex portions of the West Bank in July but only after US President Donald Trump has made a statement on the matter, Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) told Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday.
Sovereignty (annexation) “will certainly happen in July,” but it has to be done in partnership with the US, Akunis explained, noting that Israel and the US were still ironing out their differences on the contours of an annexation plan.
A U.S. declaration was initially scheduled for the end of last week, but was then delayed, he explained. Israel is waiting for that declaration to be rescheduled before it takes any action and to date, it has not yet received word of when that will be, Akunis said.
Last week, senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke about an announcement on Israeli annexation that never happened.
US special envoys Avi Berkowitz and Scott Leith have been in Israel this week holding meetings with Israelis with regard to a sovereignty map.