“But the scope of annexation, which was envisaged in the Trump peace plan, has yet to be determined. It is unclear whether Gantz, who says he supports annexation if enacted as part of the entire plan that also provides for a Palestinian state, will try to reduce the scale of an action that could spark violence in the territories and roil diplomacy in the region. Diplomats face changes in Jerusalem in any case, said Dan Shapiro, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel…

“Foreign capitals, including Washington, will have to take note, Shapiro said, noting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with both Blue and White leaders during his visit to Israel on Wednesday.

“‘Gantz will have access to senior levels of the administration, and where he differs with Netanyahu, it will be hard for the administration to ignore that,’ Shapiro said. ‘An Israeli defense minister and foreign minister will be listened to. And that’s new…'”

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