Ne­tanyahu sig­nals de­lay in an­nex­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu said on Tues­day that dis­cus­sions with the

US on his plan to an­nex oc­cu­pied West Bank ter­ri­tory would con­tinue “in the com­ing days”. July 1 had been the tar­get date for be­gin­ning the con­tro­ver­sial process. The Is­raeli leader has been ea­ger to be­gin an­nex­ing West Bank ter­ri­tory in line with US President Don­ald Trump’s Mideast plan. The plan, un­veiled in Jan­uary, en­vi­sions turn­ing over some 30 per­cent of the ter­ri­tory un­der per­ma­nent Is­raeli con­trol, while giv­ing the Pales­tini­ans au­ton­omy in the re­main­ing land. But the plan has come un­der fierce in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism. The Pales­tini­ans, who seek all of the West Bank as part of a fu­ture state, have re­jected the Trump plan. bloody bat­tles of World War II. Putin and Be­laru­sian President Alexan­der Lukashenko trav­eled to the vil­lage of Khoro­shevo, just out­side Rzhev, for a somber cer­e­mony that in­volved goose-step­ping troops lay­ing wreaths be­fore the tow­er­ing fig­ure of a sol­dier. Putin said that 1.3 mil­lion sol­diers were killed, wounded in com­bat or went miss­ing in ac­tion dur­ing the fighting around Rzhev that raged for more than a year.

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