Netanyahu to annex all West Bank settlements

Netanyahu to annex all West Bank settlements

Occupied Jerusalem - "I intend to extend sovereignty on all the settlements and the (settlement) blocs."



By AP

Published: Mon 16 Sep 2019, 11:26 PM

Last updated: Tue 17 Sep 2019, 1:34 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.

Locked in a razor tight race and with legal woes hanging over him, Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival. In the final weeks of his campaign he has been doling out hard-line promises meant to draw more voters to his Likud party and re-elect him in Tuesday's unprecedented repeat vote.

"I intend to extend sovereignty on all the settlements and the (settlement) blocs," including "sites that have security importance or are important to Israel's heritage",
Netanyahu said in an interview with Israeli Army Radio, part of an eleventh-hour media blitz.

The Palestinian Authority held a cabinet meeting in the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil on Monday, a day after Israel's cabinet met elsewhere in the valley. - AP


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