“Cutting off the last line of communication would be ‘bad for both sides,’ said Dennis Ross, a former US Middle East envoy under President Bill Clinton. Ross is now at the Washington Institute. ‘All it does is increase the potential for misunderstandings. And I think misunderstandings already exist,’ Ross told Al-Monitor.

“What’s next: The Israel Defense Forces and Israel’s political opposition are less enthusiastic about the annexation plan. Any threat to security cooperation may make the plan even less palatable to Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White bloc. Abbas may be trying to leverage that, but doing so publicly may only serve to strengthen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resolve, Ross said…”

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