Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex part of occupied West Bank

Netanyahu to annex occupied territories if re-elected

Netanyahu to annex occupied territories if re-elected

The White House said Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow to annex the Jordan Valley and West Bank settlements would not foreclose the possibility of a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if enacted. Trump's team, the source went on, said they "do not think it precludes the possibility of a political settlement in the future".

All agreements signed between the Palestinians and Israel will end if Israel expands its sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead Sea, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Tuesday.

In his televised speech, the prime minister also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements in the wider West Bank if re-elected.

Those moves could effectively kill any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, long the focus of worldwide diplomacy.

Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat called the planned move a war crime under global law governing occupied territory.

"In a week from now, we will replace this spin with actions and deeds", he said.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said: 'He is not only destroying the two-state solution, he is destroying all chances of peace'.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been whisked away from a campaign rally after air raid sirens sounded.

Palestinian officials were outraged by the Israeli Prime Minister's speech.

He added that the USA president was likely to release his long-touted Middle East peace plan soon.

Donald Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton
Trump may believe that with this split, he still has his Israeli bases covered despite ousting Adelson's man from the West Wing. Bolton was too controversial to be voted on by the Senate to be United Nations Ambassador for President George W.

Next week's elections in Israel come just five months after the last time at the polls where Netanyahu's right wing won the majority of seats but failed to come to an agreement and join into one governing coalition.

That announcement left some veteran Israeli-Palestinian negotiators befuddled over what it conveyed about the administration's confidence in its own plan. "This is a serious escalation that undermines all peace efforts", he said.

Arab foreign ministers condemned Netanyahu's plans to seize parts of the occupied West Bank, the head of the Arab League said Tuesday.

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami addressing the group's conference in Washington, March 21, 2015.

This year, as part of his election campaigns, Netanyahu has championed annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which are regarded as illegal under global law by most of the world.

"These actions would destroy Israeli democracy and constitute a flagrant violation of worldwide law".

The 2,400 square kilometer (926.65 square mile) valley accounts for almost 30 percent of the territory in the West Bank.

"Responsible lawmakers and presidential candidates must make clear that they will not give the Israeli government a blank check to violate US interests and democratic values", said Ben-Ami.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip - areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war - for a future independent state.

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