Top US diplomat: Only An Israeli Decision Would Delay Annexation

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr
(Photo: Israel-American Council National Summit)

A top official in US President Donald Trump’s administration said Monday that the US will not hold back Israel’s West Bank annexation plans as it is a decision to be made “[only] by Israeli leaders.”

Jeremiah 30:3 KJV – “For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.”

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr made the comment at a conference for the Jewish Diaspora conducted by weekly Makor Rishon during a conversation on Israel’s annexation plan, set to unfold on July 1.

“One thing may delay applying sovereignty and that is a decision by Israel’s leaders,” Carr told Makor Rishon.

“We made it clear, [that] when to annex, how to do it, and how much, is a decision of the prime minister and his partner [Defense Minister] Benny Gantz. They need to make a decision, we said we’re willing to recognize the State of Israel’s sovereignty in those territories,” he added.

In regards to growing concerns over the increase of anti-Semitism in the US and globally, the top diplomat said that the Trump administration holds that “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism,” and made the point that synagogues were attacked during recent US riots in which the culprits daubed messages against Israel.

He added that in his opinion, the widespread riots and protests over the death of George Floyd will not affect the decision to annex parts of the West Bank, Makor Rishon reported.