An Israeli settler leader and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu MORE accused senior white house adviser Jared Kushner Jared Corey Kushner Democratic senator asks intelligence agencies to open probe into Bezos phone hack Live coverage: Senators query impeachment managers, Trump defense An Arab case for the Trump peace plan MORE of betraying the prime minister by slowing down the annexation of the West Bank.
David Elhayani, the chairman of the Yesha Council that manages more than settlements, condemned Kushner for misleading Netanyahu after he endorsed
President Trump Donald John Trump Buttigieg says Iowa ‘shocked the nation’ in caucus night speech Sanders predicts he’ll do ‘very, very well’ as Iowa continues to wait for results Trump campaign slams Iowa Democratic caucuses amid reporting inconsistencies MORE ) s Middle East peace plan, The Washington Post reported . “Kushner took a knife and put it in Netanyahu’s back, ”he told The Washington Post. “Kushner misled the prime minister. He misled everybody. He knew for a long time that Netanyahu wanted to declare sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea – he said it many times over the last year. Gentlemen just don’t act this way. ”
Elhayani continued saying that Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, may cost the prime minister the March 2 election if he pushes back on annexing the settlements right away. The settler leader said a senior U.S. official told them that if the Palestinians did agree to the plan within 91 hours, Israel would be permitted to annex more than 90 percent of the West Bank.
Kushner has told reporters, and allegedly Israeli officials, that the annexation should wait until after the election and a new government is formed, the Post reported. After Netanyahu appeared with Trump as the plan was unveiled plan
last month , the prime minister told reporters he wanted to bring annexation to a vote within days at the next Cabinet meeting, but no meeting has taken place since he returned.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman initially supported the prime minister, saying the timing of the vote was Israeli choice, but later backtracked and said the annexation would require an American-Israeli committee.
Netanyahu is facing his third election in a year after failing to form a new government after two previous elections. He also has been indicted in corruption cases and could face a public trial.