The plan itself does not impose conditions on Israel with regard to proposals for “annexation of parts of the West Bank”. [8] On 29 January 2020, Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that he intended to add 30% of the West Bank in a vote on 1 February 2020. [78] The meeting was never scheduled because the U.S. Embassy had changed its position on the annexation. [79] However, on January 29, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel stated that prior to the annexation of the West Bank or Jordan Valley, the Trump administration “wants to create a joint committee with Israel to discuss the subject” and that it is “impossible to know how long this process will last… we must ensure that the annexation of the card in our plan is compliant. [80] The next day, January 30, Kushner said that Washington wanted Israel to wait until after the March 2 elections before taking steps to annex settlements in the West Bank. [81] On February 2, 2020, Netanyahu`s cabinet cancelled a meeting to vote on the annexation of 30% of the West Bank after receiving mixed signals from the United States. [82] On February 4, 2020, Israeli settler leader David Elhayani, the president of the Yesha Council, said, “Kushner took a knife and put it behind Netanyahu`s back.” The settler leader said a senior U.S. official had told them that if the Palestinians did not accept the plan within 48 hours, Israel would be allowed to annex more than 30 percent of the West Bank. [83] In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s February 8 announcement that his government had begun to map the occupied West Bank, Ambassador Friedman said that “any unilateral action before the end of the commission process undermines the American plan and recognition.” [84] On February 15, the composition of the committee was announced.

These include Friedman, his political advisor Aryeh Lightstone and Scott Leith, a National Security Council expert for Israel. Israeli members include Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer. No deadline has been set for the conclusion of the deliberations. [85] The parties also express their common interest in establishing and developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes, in a manner consistent with national legislation and the international obligations of each party. This cooperation may include the implementation of joint programs, projects and activities in the fields of science, space research, space technologies and education, the exchange of experts, information and best practices, and the promotion of cooperation between their respective space industries. For many years, the United States has also provided assistance to the Palestinians, including supporting government and humanitarian programs. Washington gave more than $5 billion in total between 1994 and 2018. Since 1950, the United States has also provided more than $6 billion in assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees (UNRWA). Aid flows were restructured in 2007, after Hamas violently broke with the Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah`s rival fatah party, and took control of the Gaza Strip. The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization and is taking steps to prohibit it from any support. Following the agreement signed between the parties in Abu Dhabi on 1 September 2020, the parties are cooperating to deepen and rapidly expand bilateral investment relations and place a high priority on the conclusion of financial and investment agreements, while recognizing the key role of these agreements for the economic development of the parties and the Middle East as a whole.