Top Trump officials to meet ahead of Israel’s annexation of Palestinian lands

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump (center) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left) alongside Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer (left), US Vice President Mike Pence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd right) and White House adviser Jared Kushner (right) in the Oval Office of the White House on January 27, 2020 (AFP photo)

Top officials from the administration of US President Donald Trump are set to hold two key meetings ahead of the Israeli regime’s upcoming annexation of Palestinian lands.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser Richard O’Brien, Avi Berkowitz, the assistant to the president and Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, are set to take part in the meetings, set to be held Monday and Tuesday.

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman was also supposed to fly Sunday from Jerusalem al-Quds to join the meetings.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex the regime’s illegal settlements in the West Bank as well as the Jordan Valley in a process that will begin on July 1.

The pro-Israel US president was also said to join the meetings at some point.

After Washington’s potential green light, Netanyahu will put the annexation plan to a vote in Israel.

The annexation has been condemned by the United Nations, the European Union and many other world countries.

Top Democratic lawmakers have also slammed the move, warning that it would further destabilize the region.  

“A sustainable peace deal that ensures the long-term security of Israel and self-determination for Palestinians must be negotiated directly between the two parties,” Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez said in a joint statement. 

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