Indy corrects claim that US peace plan gives Israel “all” of West Bank

An article in the Independent by Alex Woodward (“Joe Biden says he will keep US embassy in Jeruslaem“, April 30) included the following sentence:

“Earlier this year, the Trump administration broke from decades of US foreign policy to help Israel carve out a fractured Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank and would allow Israel to annexe the Jordan Valley and all occupied territory, including areas containing settlements that are illegal under international law.”

We pointed out to editors that the US peace plan would not allow Israel to ‘annexe’ “all” of the West Bank. Rather, it would see Israel apply sovereignty to roughly 30% of the territory, whilst the Palestinians would get 70%.

Map of US Peace Plan.

Our complaint was eventually upheld, and the sentence was revised:

Earlier this year, the Trump administration broke from decades of US foreign policy to help Israel carve out a fractured Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank and would allow Israel to annexe the Jordan Valley and some occupied territory, including areas containing settlements that are illegal under international law.

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