US warned Israel about annexing West Bank

Israel's defense minister says the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration.

6 March 2017 | 13:04

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 6 March 2017 | 13:04

In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JERUSALEM: Israel's defense minister says the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that, "We received a direct message — not an indirect message and not a hint — from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration."

Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank.

Lieberman was responding to a media interview with lawmaker Miki Zohar, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party, in which he rejected the idea of a Palestinian state and advocated for a "one-state solution" in which Palestinians would have Israeli citizenship.

Lieberman was speaking to parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee.

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