Political source: Gantz and Ashkenazi are biding time

Gantz clarifies terms for sovereignty, but sources involved in his meetings with Netanyahu say he gave no clear answers.

Mordechai Sones ,

Netanyahu (R) and Gantz
Netanyahu (R) and Gantz
Knesset Spokeswoman Adina Wallman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently offered Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz two proposals for applying sovereignty, but has not yet received clear answers from Gantz on the matter, Channel 12 reported today.

Political sources involved in talks between the parties noted that the gap between the Prime Minister and the Alternate Prime Minister is casting a heavy shadow on the Trump Plan and possibly even the future of the government.

According to the report, during the talks with Gantz, Netanyahu offered two options: Apply sovereignty all at once or alternatively in two installments, but his goal remains the same: Israeli sovereignty over 30% of the territory.

Netanyahu hopes that if Gantz and Ashkenazi agree on two installments in theory, they will at least be able to commit to the first installment in practice as well, thus advancing the move.

However, according to the same sources, Gantz and Ashkenazi have not yet made clear what their parameters are for the first stage. Not only that, the officials say the Prime Minister asked Gantz to present the IDF with specific maps so that they could move forward with preparations, but this did not happen.

"If the Foreign Minister and Defense Minister continue to be contrary, this will pose a big problem to the process," the political source said. "It's inconceivable that the Foreign Minister would brief the world against annexation. Gantz and Ashkenazi are biding time and not returning any answers. Sovereignty must be applied soon because after the U.S. elections it isn't certain that it will be possible."

Gantz and Ashkenazi argue that Netanyahu did not say in the conversations what extent of sovereignty he wants in the first stage, so they have no way to respond. Moreover, sources close to Gantz say he is the one who is trying to bring about a decision on the scope of annexation.

The conditions Gantz set for supporting sovereignty are: 1. Areas with no Palestinians or the number of Palestinians to be annexed having an affinity to the annexed territory will be limited. 2. Equal rights for Palestinians - residency status. 3. Maintaining freedom of movement for Palestinians, ie between Palestinian cities and regions. 4. Coordination with the international community with an emphasis on Europe. 5. Coordination with the Arab world - and in particular examining the consequences for Jordan and Egypt. 6. Annexation must be part of an overall move with the Palestinians; Gantz demands that some "carrots" be given to the Palestinians, whether in the form of territory or in the form of economic gestures.

Revealing his grounding in Heidegger existentialism Gantz calls these conditions a "noughting nought" (néant néantisant or negating negation) - creating a balance that is supposed to break the automatic Palestinian "no" in any negotiations. Speaking to reporters, the Alternate Prime Minister claimed that "the political stagnation stems from the Palestinian approach to wallow in their deep s***."

At least on this, the Prime Minister and Alternate Prime Minister agree.