White House opposed vote on Israel 'annexation' bill

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"It's fair to say that the U.S.is discouraging actions that it believes will unduly distract the principals from focusing on the advancement of peace negotiations". Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, a supporter of the bill, has said this would "ensure a Jewish majority in a united Jerusalem".

The Greater Jerusalem legislation would bring some Jewish settlements built in the Palestinian West Bank under the jurisdiction of Jerusalem's municipal authority. President Donald Trump's special envoy to the peace process, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

David Bitan, the Likud party's parliamentary whip and a close Netanyahu ally, told Army Radio the vote set for Sunday is delayed because "there is American pressure claiming this is annexation".

The hour-long, one-on-one meeting in Jerusalem took place on the first full day of the governor's trade mission to Israel, where he is leading a 15-member delegation on a trip aimed at boosting exports, increasing foreign investment in Wisconsin and developing new partnerships between the state and Israel. "They did not meet to discuss the annexation bill". 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 worldwide community is widely opposed to settlement construction.

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Netanyahu had previously indicated that he would give his backing for the proposal to absorb Ma'ale Adumim, Beitar Illit and Efrat, along with the Etzion bloc of settlements, into the Jerusalem municipality.

The "Greater Jerusalem Bill" as it's being called is expected to pass.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, the Old City and the West Bank from Jordan in 1967, and extended sovereignty to the Old City and East Jerusalem in 1980, in a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

Israeli media have reported that the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, had conveyed "misgivings" about the legislation. 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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