- Netanyahu Rejects Plea from Former Security And Intelligence Officials Not to Annex West Bank
by Bel Trew, https://www.independent.co.uk/
Prime minister’s comments signal he will push ahead with pre-election promises of annexation as US is poised to unveil peace plan.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed an urgent call from former security and intelligence officials to halt the unilateral annexation of the West Bank, saying the occupied Palestinian territory is the “heritage of our forefathers”.
Over 200 Israeli former army, security, police and intelligence officials, who are part of non-partisan movement Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS) sent a letter to the premier warning that such an action would “endanger” Israel and damage its “economic, regional and international standing”.
In the run-up to last month’s general election, Mr Netanyahu, who secured a record fifth term in office, promised his right-wing supporters he would annex Jewish settlements within the West Bank. He also said he would prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.