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Mossad chief meets King Abdullah in secret trip to Jordan ahead of Israeli annexation plans

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Date of publication: 27 June, 2020

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The head of Israel's Mossad made a secret trip to Jordan to meet King Abdullah.
The head of Israel’s spy agency visited Jordan, as plans to illegally annex the occupied West Bank continue despite global criticism.

Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen recently made the trip to meet King Abdullah and deliver a message on Israel’s plan to annex the West Bank, according to a report released on Thursday by Israel’s Channel 13.

The channel did not disclose the message, but said Cohen was sent directly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel's plans to annex approximately one third of the West Bank was greenlighted by US President Donald Trump's so-called "Deal of the Century". The plan also envisages the creation of a severely restricted Palestinian state. 

Read also: True to form, Israel will carry out annexation in stages

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, and commits various abuses against Palestinian civilians, human rights groups say.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

The Oslo agreement of 1995 divided the occupied West Bank into three: Area A, Area B and Area C.

Area A is under the administrative and security control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Area B's administration is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.

Israel could begin implementing annexations as soon as 1 July desite global criticms of the illegal move.

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