Netanyahu: We're working on sovereignty

PM meets with US ambassador, special envoy to discuss issue of sovereignty, says government will work on the issue in the coming days,

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Tuesday with US Ambassador David Friedman and special Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, one day before the Likud partty can begin to bring the issue of sovereignty to the Cabinet or the Knesset.

"I spoke with American Envoy Avi Berkowitz and Ambassador David Friedman on the issue of sovereignty. This is a matter which we are working on and which we will continue to work on in the coming days," Netanyahu said following the meeting.

Netanyahu's statement comes after Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz signaled that he wished to postpone the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria until after the coronavirus crisis has passed.

In an interview with Ynet Tuesday morning, Gantz said that he believes "that the Trump plan is the right political and security framework to be promoted in the State of Israel." However, he stated that “this needs to be done correctly, by bringing as many partners to this discussion from the countries of the region, with international backing. We must make every effort to connect with them and only then continue. And I think all the means to bring in the players have not yet been exhausted. I said that July 1 is not a holy date."

“We have set criteria in the coalition agreement," he added. "We have established a process of discussion in the cabinet and the government and then Netanyahu may proceed as he wants."

“The government will have to make a decision and it will have to decide where it stands on this matter. If there is a decision to apply sovereignty tomorrow and the agreement allows it, I will have to respect the agreement,” Gantz said.

The alternate prime minister stressed that there are more pressing matters than applying sovereignty, “One million unemployed people don’t know what we’re talking about right now. 96% are worried about what they’ll do tomorrow morning.”