Netanyahu to freeze annexation for Saudi peace deal
(Worthy News) – Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is aiming to secure a peace deal with Saudi Arabia, which would see the Gulf kingdom formally normalize relations with Israel, in exchange for sidelining an annexation plan for Judea and Samaria, according to a new report.
In coalition agreements with the Religious Zionism, the Likud leader pledged to streamline de-facto annexation and provide sweeping powers regarding settlement building and expansion to the party’s head, Betzalel Smotrich, but Netanyahu is willing to scuttle those plans in order to add Saudi Arabia to the Abraham Accords, Yediot Ahronot reported on Sunday.
The Hebrew language outlet said that U.S.-brokered talks to secure a peace agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia are currently underway in Germany, and Netanyahu has expressed willingness to suspend annexation as a condition for signing a deal with Riyadh. [ Source: World Israel News (Read More…) ]