US special envoy Jared Kushner has not rejected outright Israel’s annexation plan for the Jordan Valley, stating instead that the Trump Administration would like to keep its “options open.”
He spoke of the Jordan Valley and US President Donald Trump’s peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during an interview with Channel 13 while visiting Israel this week, prior to his departure for Saudi Arabia.
The US has delayed the long anticipated publication of its plan, known as the “Deal of the Century,” preferring to publish it after an Israeli government is formed.
“We have a real desire to put out the plan,” Kushner said, adding however that the timing of its release is based on what Trump believes is the “best opportunity to further America’s interests and also to help his allies.”
When asked about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley should he retain his post as the head of Israel’s government, Kushner acknowledged that the Jordan Valley was a strategic asset for Israel.