Israeli PM vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements

Elias Hubbard
September 10, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday (Sept 10) that he will apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, in the West Bank, if he wins next week's elections.

Netanyahu made no mention of what he would do with the territory's more than 2 million Palestinian residents.

Its settlements there are considered illegal under global law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinian see as part of their future state. The plan, he said, is to cut off the eastern edge of the West Bank which would make Jericho a Palestinian island inside Israel territory.

"Netanyahu's annex the Jordan Valley - which constitutes sixty percent of the entire West Bank area, if you include East Jerusalem - means the death ... of the two state solution", Galloway said.

Ahead of April elections, Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. "We can annex settlements immediately after the elections if I am re-elected Prime Minister".

"This is a historic opportunity, a one-time opportunity, to extend Israeli sovereignty on our settlements in Judea and Samaria, and also on other important regions for our security, for our heritage and for our future", he said, using the biblical terms for the West Bank.

Appearing some 90 minutes late at a hastily called news conference, Netanyahu said that it was important to act as Trump prepares to unveil his Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections.

Israeli PM vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements
Israeli PM vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements

In a speech televised live on all Israeli TV channels, Netanyahu said he would also annex illegal Israeli settlements after the Jordan Valley's annexation was complete.

The stakes for Netanyahu in the election could not be higher.

Right-wing nationalist votes will be key to Netanyahu's efforts to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister.

First was the warning a few days ago that "they" - Israeli-Arab voters - were trying to steal next week's election, while he has been thwarted by the left and media in his plan to stop it (blocking the naked voter-suppression tactic of putting cameras in polling stations).

A view shows Palestinian houses in the village of Ein Yabrud with the Jewish settlement of Ofra seen in the background, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on September 3.

"I will annex settlements in cooperation with Donald Trump's Administration", Netanyahu stated.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said Netanyahu was "not only destroying the two-state solution, he is destroying all chances of peace".

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