US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Sunday that Israel’s unilateral steps to annex lands in the occupied West Bank would risk losing US support for these plans.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday evening at an election rally in the occupied East Jerusalem settlement that Tel Aviv had started mapping the occupied West Bank lands that would be annexed according to the peace plan proposed by US President Donald Trump.
"President Trump's vision for peace is the product of more than three years of close consultations between President and Prime Minister Netanyahu and senior officials of both countries," Friedman wrote on Twitter.
"Israel must complete the mapping process within the framework of a joint Israeli-American committee. Any unilateral action before completing the process through the committee will threaten the American plan and recognition," he added.
"The (American) recognition is the most important thing and we do not want to risk that," Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet session on Sunday, as he seemed to back away from Saturday's statement.
The US peace plan announced in late January gives Israel much of what it has been seeking for a long time, including US recognition of Israeli settlements and sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.
The Palestinians rejected the plan, which they say is unfair to them.
Most countries consider Israeli settlements on lands occupied during the war a violation of international law.
A demilitarized Palestinian state will be under Israeli control over its security and will acquire areas of the desert in exchange for agricultural land that the Israelis settle in.
Source Sky News