Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Netanyahu Backtracks: No West Bank Annexations Before Election
Israeli settlers gather in the West Bank settlement of Mehola in the Jordan Valley, on February 3, 2020, to welcome a convoy of agricultural vehicles, which started in the Israeli city of Beit Shean, demanding annexation of the Jordan Valley as proposed in a US peace plan. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)

Netanyahu Backtracks: No West Bank Annexations Before Election

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has backtracked on his vow to immediately apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and all Jewish communities located in the West Bank, saying instead that he will do so only if he wins the March 2 national election. “We, the Likud [party], won’t let this great opportunity slip from our grasp,” Netanyahu said at a campaign rally, referring to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan. “But in order to guarantee it, in order to guarantee Israel’s borders, in order to guarantee the future of Israel, I need every Likud member this time around to go out and vote.” Immediately following the proposal’s unveiling at the White House last week, Netanyahu promised to convene his cabinet to push through legislation annexing about 30% of the West Bank, which the Palestinians claim in its entirety as part of a future state. However, the prime minister was seemingly caught off guard by pushback from the US administration, with Jared Kushner, the chief architect of the peace plan, making clear that Washington would not support such action until after the Israeli election.

Did you know we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the 1st American News Agency exclusively covering the Middle East?

  • The Middle East landscape is changing rapidly.
  • The roads in the region open to new possibilities.
  • The Media Line continues to pave the way to a far greater understanding of the region’s land, people, policies and governments through our trusted, fact-based news.

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Please make your gift today.
Thank you!

We paved the way to be the Trusted Mid East News you can rely on!

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.