What does suspending annexation mean for Israel’s eastern border?

Mixed messages came from Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi and Washington on Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria after the White House announced the “Abraham Accords” on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he “did not and will not remove sovereignty from the agenda.”

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed said “an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories.”

US President Donald Trump said “Israel has agreed not to do it… I think it was a smart concession,” but then said that he “can’t talk about some time in the future.”

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said “suspended” means “not off the table permanently.”

What’s clear from the subtly different statements is that Israel will not be implementing its part of the Trump peace plan – applying its laws to up to 30% of the West Bank – in the near future.

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