Deputy defense chief: Israel to keep most of West Bank

June 10, 2013 15:07

Israel will seek to impose its sovereignty over most of the West Bank, while a solution to the Palestinian question will only materialize as part of an overall regional arrangement that will involve Jordan and Egypt, according to Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon.

Danon said that while Israel will look to maintain control over as much of the West Bank as possible, it will seek Jordanian and Egyptian input in determining the final status of Palestinians.“My vision includes real partnership with Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians,” Danon told the Knesset’s official television network, Channel 99. “Our interest is to have as much territory in Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty, while the rest of the territory and most of the Palestinian population will have their status determined in consultations with Jordan and Egypt.”

“We will not annex the Palestinian residents, but their status will be determined as part of an agreement with Jordan and the Palestinians,” the deputy defense minister said.

“The status quo of managing the conflict is preferable over making more mistakes in the spirit of the Oslo Accords or the disengagement plan.”

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