Israel Has Begun Mapping The Territory Of The West Bank And Annexation Soon After Their Elections

Netanyahu began his remarks by discussing Israel’s historic connection to the West Bank and its victory in the Six-Day War. Our great victory brought back parts of the homeland to our hands. We canceled the narrow and dangerous borders that [Israeli diplomat] Abba Eban called ‘Auschwitz borders.’

US State Department Policy Change, Judea and Samaria No Longer Considered ‘Occupied’

Friedman, who had strong ties to Israel’s Judea and Samaria region prior to his appointment by Trump, has at times experienced tension with his colleagues at the State Department. In an interview with the Israeli news outlet Walla in late September, Friedman said he believes that the settlements are “part of Israel.”