United States pressure behind delay in vote for 'Greater Jerusalem Bill'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes his way by helicopter to the Etzion Bloc in the West Bank

Ynet News reported a senior American official saying that "the United States is discouraging actions that it believes will unduly distract the principals from focusing on the advancement of peace negotiations". It aims to solidify the city's Jewish majority, but stops short of formal annexation, making the practical implications unclear.

If it passes, settlements of Ma'aleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar Illit and Givat Ze'ev will be included under Jerusalem's municipal jurisdiction.

But the Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that the bill needs "diplomatic preparation", declining to elaborate further.

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A member of the ruling Likud Party and chairman of the coalition, David Bitan, told Army Radio a vote by the cabinet committee would be delayed because Washington told Israel the bill could impede USA efforts to revive the peace talks that collapsed in 2014. President Donald Trump's special envoy to the peace process, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

'Mr Turnbull's too arrogant for that and because of his arrogance and his poor judgment, we've now got the current turmoil, ' Mr Shorten told reporters in Jerusalem on Sunday night. Its opponents argue that it is a step towards full unilateral annexation of the West Bank settlements affected - a move that would be sure to spark global outrage. The release said they discussed issues facing Israel and how to bolster the relationship between the country and Wisconsin.

Israeli leaders on the left and the right maintain that the largest settlement blocs in the West Bank will become part of Israel via land swaps under any future peace deal. Intelligence minister Israel Katz, a supporter of the bill, has said this would "ensure a Jewish majority in a united Jerusalem". Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967. Israeli officials say around 12,000 settlement housing units will be given various stages of approval this year, four times the number in 2016.

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