Binyamin Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements if he wins election

Binyamin Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements if he wins election

Binyamin Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements if he wins election

He criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as someone who "has also not been faithful in pursuing peace", pointing to inflammatory rhetoric and his "inability to bring his side to the table to negotiate in good faith". Palestinians, whose leaders certainly bear their share of the blame, are increasingly turning toward a one-state solution that they imagine as a democratic binational state; Israelis seem willing to stick with the status quo or to support a one-state plan of their own in which Palestinians and Israelis live together in a Jewish state.

He made the comments during an appearance on Israel's Channel 13 television.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 12 News on Saturday evening that he will start extending Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank.

However, Israel seized the then Jordan-controlled West Bank along with East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.

"His declaration is not just in the heat of. electioneering campaigns", said Palestine Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi. "This is the end of any chances of peace".

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator and a close aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: "Israel will continue to brazenly violate global law for as long as the worldwide community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump Administration's support and endorsement of Israel's violation of the national and human rights of the people of Palestine".

The leader of the leftist Ha'Avoda Party Avi Gabbay chided Netanyahu by posting video clips of Netanyahu saying the same exact thing during 2015's general election.

He added, "We'll continue to pursue our rights through global forums, including the worldwide criminal court, until we achieve our long overdue justice".

"Who says that we won't do it?"

"It may have to do a disappearing act", he said.

However, the Trump administration has carried out a series of actions that have inflamed Palestinian opinion and generally pleased Israel. He continued, "We will move to the next stage, the imposing of Israeli sovereignty". In the eyes of most of the world, it would also be a violation of global law that bars the annexation of land seized in war. "We will stay there", he said.

"Unfortunately, with the exception of hugs and warm words, we have not received any commitment to prevent LGBT-phobia incitement or any commitment to ending discrimination", the Association for the LGBT Community in Israel posted on its Facebook page on Sunday. In his first year in office, Trump had also recognized Jerusalem - the disputed city claimed as capital by both Israeli and Palestinian people - as Israel's capital, breaking with decades of USA foreign policy.

Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, also expressed concerns about America's "illegitimate decisions" in the region.

Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now, withheld from presenting a detailed vision for the West Bank.

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Netanyahu stepped up his rhetoric ahead of the Israeli parliamentary elections scheduled for Tuesday, April 9.

Most of the global community have long favored a so-called two-state solution.

Applying sovereignty to Israeli settlements on West Bank land that the Palestinians demand for a future state, presumably along with the roads and infrastructure tethering those places to the rest of Israel, would leave the Palestinians at best with an archipelago of disconnected territory.

But the other right-wing parties - New Right, Yisrael Beytenu, Union of Right-Wing Parties, and to a lesser extent Kulanu - are wise to this tactic and immediately started pushing back against it.

Benny Gantz, the former military chief whose centrist Blue and White alliance has posed a stiff challenge to Netanyahu, condemned the premier's remarks in an interview with Israeli news site Ynet. Morag said. The answer, she told Reuters, was that Netanyahu feared for his political survival and "the times dictate he makes these extreme declarations that he has no intention to follow through on".

How does Trump see the election: "I think it's going to be close".

"We said we will strive for a regionally and globally backed peace agreement while maintaining our basic principles", he said. Gantz has in the past signalled openness to withdrawing at least some settlers from other areas.

In October past year, Netanyahu held surprise talks with Oman's Sultan Qaboos in Muscat - raising Palestinian fears of a normalisation of ties.

"West Bank is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel in violation of int'l law", Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.

Netanyahu spent the last week of the previous election campaign giving interview after interview and warning that the right-wing government was in danger if people didn't vote for the Likud.

Binyamin Netanyahu said he would not dismantle a single Jewish settlement and that Israel would retain control of land west of the Jordan river.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman echoed those charges on Sunday. "Shame on them all!", Kalin tweeted.

The Palestinians and many countries consider settlements to be illegal under the Geneva conventions, which ban settling on territory occupied in war. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.

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