Assistant State Dept. Secretary Schenker: PM Netanyahu did not present any
annexation plan to Pompeo when met
Special Briefing - David Schenker, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near
Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. December 6, 2019
QUESTION: Can - you probably won't have an answer to this, but the House -
can you take this question if you don't have an answer? The House just
passed a legislation opposing settlements, Israeli settlements, and also -
MS ORTAGUS: That's a big surprise. No, we can't take the question.
QUESTION: Why not? And also saying that Israel should not be allowed to
annex the Jordan Valley. So since the Secretary just met with Prime
Minister Netanyahu and you were there, presumably, right? Both of you.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Well, it was actually - it was a four eyes
meeting, but I did talk to the Secretary -
MS ORTAGUS: Meaning it was the two of them. It was a one-on-one.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Yeah, sorry. I can tell you that -
MS ORTAGUS: Four eyes -
QUESTION: Oh, oh, oh, oh. Sorry. I thought you were being -
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: So I can tell you that there's -
QUESTION: I thought we were going back to the schoolyard insult.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Sorry. Yeah, no, no, no. So it was a
one-on-one, but I can tell you I spoke with the Secretary. I can tell you
that there was no annexation plan, full or partial, for any part of the West
Bank was presented to - by Israel to the United States during the meeting,
and that has long been the U.S. Government position, that the ultimate
disposition of territory is to be determined between the parties.
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