Israel's Netanyahu says he plans to annex settlements in West Bank

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As the end of the campaign approaches, Netanyahu has promised to annex parts of the West Bank - which, while a common position in the Likud, is not one that he'd expressed so unequivocally - and that there won't be a Palestinian state on his watch, both of which are stances of parties to the Likud's Right.

Speaking at a town hall here at the University of Iowa, the former Texas congressman denounced Netanyahu's pledge Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in Tuesday'sIsraeli general election.

Annexation could prove to be the death knell for the two-state solution.

Asked in an interview on Friday on Israel's Channel 13 why he wasn't pressing Trump now to approve a West Bank settlement status change, Netanyahu replied: "Wait until the next term".

Despite their disappointment, activist Ohad Hizki said the event nonetheless had political importance, given that it was a public meeting with the prime minister. The answer is yes.

The Israeli prime minister was asked by Channel 13 if he was familiar with the details of the USA plan, replying he knew "what should be in it".


"I will impose sovereignty, but I will not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements", he continued, The Associated Press reports. "We have a responsibility as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians".

Patrick Carlineo Jr., the man charged with threatening Omar, allegedly called the lawmaker a "terrorist" and vowed to put a "bullet in her [expletive] skull" in a phone call with a member of her Washington staff, according to a statement Friday by the USA attorney's office for the Western District of NY.

In an interview with Israeli Channel 12 News three days ahead of the 9 April poll, Netanyahu was asked why he had not extended sovereignty to large West Bank settlements, as Israel did without global recognition in east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

The Palestinians say the USA government's pro-Israel bias meant it could no longer lead peace negotiations between them and Israel, while U.S. officials argue their plan will be fair.

That disputed region was seized from Syria during the 1967 Middle East war and most of the worldwide community considers the annexation an illegal occupation.

Last year Bin Alawi told a regional conference in Bahrain it might be "time for Israel to be treated the same (as states in the Middle East) and also bear the same obligations".


Some 400,000 Israeli settlers and 2.8 million Palestinians now live in in the West Bank.

Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts have been at a standstill since 2014, when a drive for a deal by Barack Obama's administration collapsed.

"Such a statement by Netanyahu is not surprising", Erekat said on Twitter.

The Palestinians say the USA government's pro-Israel bias meant it could no longer lead peace negotiations between them and Israel. Trump then recognized Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, to the outcry of Syria, the Arab world, and much of the UN.

Erdogan, whose AK Party has led Turkey for 16 years, has criticised the administration of United States President Donald Trump over its pronounced support for Israel, including Washington's decision to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. "Prime Minister Netanyahu's irresponsible statement to seek votes just before the Israeli general elections can not and will not change this fact".

Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party is in a tight race with the new centre-right Blue and White alliance in the current election campaign.


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