US officials say Israel will not be given a green light to apply sovereignty over 30% of Judea and Samaria, according to report.
Israel is no longer planning on including the Jordan Valley in the upcoming sovereignty plan, according to a report Monday by Galei Tzahal.
Galei Tzahal’s Moriah Asraf Wolberg reported Monday that US officials now say that the original plan to apply Israeli sovereignty to about 30% of Judea and Samaria – including most of the Jordan Valley – is no longer under consideration.
“The message from the Americans is growing that 30% sovereignty is off the agenda and the Jordan Valley is outside the map.”
Nevertheless, Asraf said, the Palestinian Authority remains totally opposed to the plan.
“A Palestinian official involved in the discussions tells us: They convey to us that there will not be full annexation, but that is not reassuring to us. We’re not ready for any kind of annexation.”
On Friday, Channel 12 reported that Israel had told Jordan that the sovereignty plan would not include the Jordan Valley, but would instead be limited to two or three large settlement blocs.
According to a senior PA official who spoke with Channel 12, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen’s recent visit to Jordan relayed a message to the Hashemite Kingdom that Israel will not apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley – a major bone of contention between Israel and Jordan’s government.