Trump's Peace Plan Will Include Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty in West Bank Settlements, Report Says

The Trump administration is not expected to oppose the implementation of Israeli law over Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Chanel 12 News reported without providing a source

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U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast peace plan is expected to include recognition of Israeli's sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Chanel 12 News reported on Sunday without providing a source.

According to the report, the Trump administration is not expected to oppose the implementation of Israeli law over Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The White House declined to comment on the matter.

>> Read more: Top senators warn: Trump's peace plan could destabilize Jordan ■ Analysis: The best chance for Israeli right's dream of annexing the West Bank: The Palestinians

In March, Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to sign a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Netanyahu called Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights "historic justice" and a "diplomatic victory," saying that "Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of defense."

In April, the Washington Post reported that Trump's "deal of the century" is likely to “stop short of ensuring a separate, fully sovereign Palestinians state."

Arab officials told the publication that Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is spearheading efforts to formulate the plan, has focused on “economic opportunities for Palestinians” in a long-term agreement with Israel.

Under the deal, Israel would likely maintain its control over “autonomous” Palestinian territories, the report added.

While details of the blueprint remain unclear, it appears it would not include a two-state solution as a basis for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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