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Buildings under construction in Gilo, a Jewish settlement in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of Jerusalem with the West Bank land of Beit Jala in the background, June 6. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Ambassador David Friedman told the New York Times on Saturday that Israel has the right to annex some, but "unlikely all" of the Palestinian West Bank.

Why it matters: Friedman's proclamation comes less than a month from when White House adviser Jared Kushner is expected to reveal the economic details of his Middle East peace plan in Bahrain.

The big picture: If Israel begins to annex land from the West Bank, the country would be in violation of international law, per the Times. It's not likely the Trump administration would oppose the move.

Yes, but:

  • A State Department official told Axios that "no plan for unilateral annexation by Israel of any portion of the West Bank has been presented by Israel to the U.S. nor is it under discussion."
  • An official from the U.S. Embassy in Israel also confirmed there has been no change regarding the U.S.' policy toward annexation of the West Bank.

Go deeper: Kushner: "I'm not here to be trusted" by Palestinian leaders

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Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
3 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

Trump gives Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings

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The Trump White House on Tuesday gave President-elect Biden access to daily presidential intelligence briefings, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has refused to share the briefs until now, as he continues to challenge the result of the election and declines to concede. The president's acquiescence comes as another sign that the transition to a Biden administration is taking place.