Netanyahu: If Elected, I'll Annex 'All the Settlements'

Israeli PM is fighting for political survival
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2019 12:07 AM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a placard given to him as a gift from Israeli residents of the area, at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting being held in a makeshift tent in the Jordan...   (Amir Cohen/Pool via AP)
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(Newser) – Israel's prime minister is vowing to annex settlements in the West Bank, including one deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, if he is re-elected in Tuesday's do-over election. Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli Army Radio on Monday that he plans to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank. When asked if that included an enclave of several hundred settlers who live in volatile Hebron, he said: "Of course." Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival in the vote. He has doled out hard-line promises weeks before the vote trying to shore up nationalist voters, the AP reports. He's also promised to annex the Jordan Valley, an area seen as the breadbasket of any Palestinian state. Critics say his pledges would eliminate any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state. (Read more Benjamin Netanyahu stories.)

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