US-Israeli Negotiations on the Construction in Judea and Samaria Had Been Suspended

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The talks between the US and Israel about curbing construction in Judea and Samaria have been suspended, according to the radio service of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

As Israel Radio reported, the discussions between Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s international envoy, and the Israeli envoys, Yoav Horowitz and Ron Dermer, had been stopped due to lack of progress. This is despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcements to his cabinet that showed a good deal of progress compared to the period of the Obama administration.

The news came after the Israel Security Cabinet and Trump agreed to approve the new Jewish town for families evicted from Amona and after Netanyahu said that future construction in Judea and Samaria would be restricted to the existing municipal boundaries. Now, government officials, such as Education Minister Naphtali Bennett, hope that the Israeli prime minister will act to implement these new understandings.

The report goes on to state that decisions are still to be reached between the countries’ representatives. However, it points out that Netanyahu has already adopted a new policy that unilaterally accepts Trump’s position, though this is not a bilateral agreement with the White House.

Netanyahu’s cabinet members have also passed a unanimous decision to build Amona 2, which is near Samaria. At their meeting, they also decided to prohibit new construction of unsanctioned outposts outside the settlements block in the Judea and Samaria Area.