US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Sunday that Israeli occupation state is currently not ready for the announcement of the ‘deal of the century.’
Friedman denied there has been a rift in US-Israeli relations recently, neither on a personal level between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He said Trump's plan to settle the Palestinian issue, noting it would be announced later in 2019 when Israel is ready.
The anti-Palestinian ambassador said the plan would make Israel stronger, safer and satisfy all its supporters, regardless of their religious affiliations.
Regarding Netanyahu's statements, ahead of the elections, in which he said he intended to annex Jordan Valley and north of the Dead Sea to Israel, Friedman said the US administration prefers to deal with the annexation in a comprehensive framework.
He noted that from the US perspective, it wants to deal with all these issues in the context of an overall “resolution of the conflict, rather than piecemeal.”
Asked about an Israeli-US Security pact, Friedman asserted that any comments on it were “premature”, noting that conceptually it would be limited, at least on the Israeli side.
The arrogant diplomat warned that “an attack on Israel could provoke an overwhelming response by the strongest nation on earth,” referring to the US.