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Danon: New gov’t, Pompeo visit bring ‘opportunity to continue dialogue’ with U.S.

Danon on annexation date: “I think once you believe it's the right decision, you should promote it.”

Danny Danon

Israel's Mission at the UN

Amb. Danny Danon

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon suggested on Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reported visit to Israel next week will be a “follow-up” visit to address issues between the two countries following Israel’s advancement toward the creation of a new government. 

Next stop, Jerusalem: Channel 13’s Barak Ravid reported yesterday that Pompeo is slated to embark on a 24-hour visit to Israel next Tuesday to personally meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and incoming Deputy PM Benny Gantz to discuss the Trump administration’s peace plan and other regional issues. During a press briefing at the State Department on Wednesday, Pompeo said, “We’re hoping to get back out and be on the ground to do the things that the State Department needs to do that we physically need to be located in those places for.”

Details: Ending a year-long political saga, Netanyahu and Gantz announced Wednesday night that the new rotation government will be sworn in next Wednesday. The move coincided with a ruling by Israel’s High Court that it would not intervene to prevent Netanyahu from forming a government, despite his indictments.

Waiting game: In an online briefing with reporters, Danon said that in conversations over the past year, Trump administration officials had indicated they are anxiously waiting for the formation of a new government to get things rolling. He noted that Netanyahu had even flown to foreign countries to meet Pompeo to discuss key issues, and “now that we have a government, hopefully, maybe it’s an opportunity to continue the dialogue and follow up on the many issues” in the region. 

All about timing: Danon told Jewish Insider that annexation would ultimately be the decision of the Israeli government. He said the timing of that move — which could take place as early as July 1st — would likely be done “in coordination” with Washington and take “in consideration” the U.S. political climate. “When you look at crucial events in the history of Israel, there was always the issue of timing — whether it was the establishment of the State of Israel or the decision of President Trump to move the embassy [to Jerusalem] two years ago, people raised the issue of timing,” Danon explained. “I think once you believe it’s the right decision, you should promote it. The issue of timing is an excuse not to implement your ideology.”

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