- Israel’s Netanyahu Promises to Annex Jordan Valley, in Occupied West Bank, If Elected
by Bel Trew Jerusalem, https://www.independent.co.uk/
Palestinians call Israeli leader ‘prime destroyer of the peace process’
Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he is elected next week, an explosive move that he hinted was supported by Donald Trump.
The embattled prime minister demanded a “mandate” from the people in the upcoming polls in order to push ahead with the plan. Although illegal under international law, Mr Netanyahu said he believed it would secure support from Israel’s closest ally, the US.
“Today, I announce my intention, after the establishment of a new government, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea,” he said in a televised speech.
“I will apply for sovereignty of the settlements and other areas with maximum cooperation with the United States,” he added. Mr Netanyahu said that he would push forward with annexing the West Bank areas of Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, a strategic 2,400 square kilometre (930 square miles) area that runs along the border with Jordan, immediately after the elections on 17 September. He added that he would wait to annex other areas of the West Bank after the US unveils a long-anticipated peace plan “out of respect to President Trump”.