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Israeli minister: US warned Israel about annexing West Bank

  • File - This Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 file photo shows Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israel's defense minister says the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that, "We received a direct message — not an indirect message and not a hint — from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration." (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    File - This Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 file photo shows Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israel's defense minister says the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that, "We received a direct message — not an indirect message and not a hint — from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration." (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this May 30, 2016 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman appears at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, before his swearing-in ceremony, in Jerusalem. Lieberman said Monday, March 6, 2017, that the U.S. notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. Lieberman said, "We received a direct message -- not an indirect message and not a hint -- from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration." Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE -- In this May 30, 2016 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman appears at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, before his swearing-in ceremony, in Jerusalem. Lieberman said Monday, March 6, 2017, that the U.S. notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. Lieberman said, "We received a direct message -- not an indirect message and not a hint -- from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration." Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Lieberman said Monday, March 6, 2017, that the U.S. notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. Lieberman said, "We received a direct message -- not an indirect message and not a hint -- from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration." Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    FILE -- In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Lieberman said Monday, March 6, 2017, that the U.S. notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. Lieberman said, "We received a direct message -- not an indirect message and not a hint -- from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration." Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's defense minister says the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that, "We received a direct message — not an indirect message and not a hint — from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration."

Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank.

Lieberman was responding to a media interview with lawmaker Miki Zohar, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party, in which he rejected the idea of a Palestinian state and advocated for a "one-state solution" in which Palestinians would have Israeli citizenship.

Lieberman was speaking to parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee.