Gantz Instructs IDF Chief to Speed Up Preparations for Annexation

According to Israeli media reports, the defense minister is believed to have asked Kochavi to present the IDF's plans for a possible escalation of violence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza

Prime Minister Netanyahu discusses the annexation plan at a news conference in 2019. Photo: AP

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on June 1 instructed the IDF chief of staff, Lieut. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, to speed up the military's preparations for developments on the Palestinian front, including the country's planned annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria. 

Reports in the Israeli media said Gantz is believed to have asked Kochavi to present the IDF's plans for a possible escalation of violence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. According to a report by Channel 12 News, the IDF has been preparing for annexation-related scenarios for the last six months. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will apply sovereignty over the areas in the beginning of July as part of the Trump administration's peace plan.  

Meanwhile, Israel's public broadcasting station reported that Israel has informed the Palestinian Authority that it will no longer allow the movement of armed Palestinian security forces from one location to another due to the absence of security cooperation between the two sides. The move came after the authority unilaterally halted the cooperation at all levels last month. 
 

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