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Gantz says Palestinians need dialogue with Israel on annexation

Defense Minister Benny Gantz took another step today at clarifying his stance on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate PM and Defence Minister Benny Gantz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 7, 2020. - Netanyahu urged world powers to reimpose tough sanctions against Iran, vowing to curb Tehran's regional "aggression" hours after another deadly strike on pro-Iranian fighters in Syria. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz referred on June 23 to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan of implementing Israeli sovereignty on West Bank settlements, saying that annexation should not change significantly the current situation of either settlers or Palestinians. "We will execute the most responsible version of the plan in accordance with the US peace plan," said Gantz.

Gantz added, "We won’t take Palestinians into our territory; we won’t harm human rights or the right of movement. We’ll work in coordination with regional countries, and we’re in contact with them. We won’t endanger the peace agreements.’’ Already on June 18, Gantz had said he will not support the annexation of West Bank lands that are home to “many Palestinian residents.” 

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