Netanyahu: Sovereignty might be implementated in stages

PM tells ex-IDF officials he is committed to sovereignty in 30% of Judea and Samaria, but process might not be carried out all at once.

Gary Willig ,

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a group of former IDF officers that the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria may be carried out in several stages, Channel 13 News correspondent Barak Ravid reported Monday afternoon.

In his meeting with the officials, Netanyahu stressed that the Trump Administration has demanded that any move to apply sovereignty have the approval of Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

Netanyahu said that he wanted to apply sovereignty over all 30% of Judea and Samria which were allocated to Israel under the Trump Administration's 'Deal of the Century,' but Gantz and Ashkenazi did not support such a move yet.

One official who participated in the meeting told Ravid: "Netanyahu said that the discourse now is about how the move will be carried out and emphasized that it depends on the internal negotiations that will take place within the government."

Under the coalition agreement, the government and Knesset can begin to take action on the application of sovereignty on July 1.