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Jordan Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Photo: ROSLAN RAHMAN / Getty Images

Jordan is lobbying foreign leaders to put pressure on the new Israeli government not to move forward with annexation of the Jordan Valley — the settlements and other parts of the West Bank.

Why it matters: According to the coalition deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of the Blue and White party Benny Gantz, Netanyahu can bring "the understandings with the Trump administration" in annexing parts of the West Bank to a discussion in the Cabinet, and to a vote either in the Cabinet or in the Knesset starting July 1.

What they're saying: Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi spoke with roughly 10 of colleagues from around the world in the last week on the Israeli annexation plan. Among them were the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Sweden and Norway.

  • According to Safadi, those conversations indicated that Israel's annexation of the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank could have devastating consequences, killing the two-state solution and destabilizing the region.
  • Jordan's lobbying efforts are coordinated with the Palestinians. Safadi spoke on Friday with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki, who briefed him on the Palestinian campaign against the Israeli annexation plan.

What’s next: The foreign ministers of the Arab League are expected to meet in Cairo in the next few days to discuss the new Israeli government formation and the possible annexation move.

  • They are anticipated to issue a statement backing the Palestinians and Jordan, and warning Israel against going forward with annexation.

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Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

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  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
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