Netanyahu promises annexations

September 11, 2019
Netanyahu promises to annex all West Bank settlements, Jordan Valley, and northern Dead Sea area if re-elected

Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley as he promises to extend Israeli sovereignty

Yumna Patel reports in Mondoweiss:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that he would annex all Israeli settlements, the Jordan Valley, and the northern Dead Sea area of the occupied West Bank if he wins Israel’s general elections next week.

During a press conference Netanyahu vowed to “extend sovereignty” to all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, effectively annexing swaths of land where more than 190 settlements have been built in contravention of international law.

“I want from you a clear mandate to place Israeli sovereignty on all the settlements,” he says, seemingly addressing voters in the upcoming election.

In addition to annexing all West Bank settlements, Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank, saying it was a place “that can have sovereignty immediately applied to it after the elections.”

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