Likud minister: Sovereignty will 'certainly happen in July'

Minister Akunis says Israel waiting for Trump to make a "declaration" before applying sovereignty.

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Application of sovereignty “will certainly happen in the month of July,” Likud Minister Ofir Akunis said.

According to the coalition agreement between Likud and Blue and White, Netanyahu can bring his plan for applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria to a vote starting July 1, today, but that has not yet happened.

Speaking to Galei Tzahal Wednesday, Minister of Regional Cooperation Akunis said that “As far as I’m concerned, it could have happened today,” but that matters still have to be ironed out with the US administration.

He added that Israel was waiting for Trump to make a declaration which he said had been scheduled for last week but was then delayed.

“Application of sovereignty will not be before the declaration of the US president,” Akunis assessed.

Akunis also pushed back against reports that the Jordan Valley would not be included in the sovereignty plan.

Calling the Jordan Valley “the eastern defensive wall of the State of Israel,” he noted how, even in every past map of the Labor party, such as the Allon Plan, to define the borders of the state, “the Jordan Valley was an inseparable part of sovereign Israel.”