Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly announced Wednesday that he had plans to immediately declare sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, but Israel's Attorney General told him that he would only be empowered to do so after his re-election and formation of a new government , On Tuesday, Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley region in the West Bank if he wins the national election next week. The announcement triggered a denunciation of world leaders.
Following the announcement, a United Nations spokesman stated that any Israeli move to control the Palestinian territory "devastating the potential for reviving negotiations, regional peace and the essence of" would be a two-state solution. "
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Netanyahu presented the move as a historic" one-time opportunity The Jordan Valley represents about a quarter of the West Bank and is at the heart of a future Palestinian state.
While the chairman of the Jordan Valley Regional Council allegedly praised Netanyahu for the election pledge, some critics claimed that Netanyahu could have immediately annexed the territory through the Cabinet, according to The Times of Israel, without waiting until after the election. [Wednesday] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_News]
Wednesday's Netanyahu said he tried to annex the territory last week but was shot down by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, the newspaper said.
"I'd like to respond immediately," Netanyahu said in a Hebrew video posted on Facebook. "That's why I wanted to bring it to the Knesset last week [The Israeli Parliament][theattorneygeneraltoldmein[but]:" You can not, because it's a transitional government. "
Netanyahu said on Tuesday that if he was re-elected, he would also turn to the annexation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but added that he was waiting for the release of the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan.
The White House has stated that the plan is complete but will not be published at least after the elections in Israel. The plan is already being rejected by Palestinian officials who oppose strengthening relations between the US and Israel.
"The plan to use sovereignty is something that we have recently considered. It was planned for months, "a senior Israeli government official told The Times of Israel. "Before the election, however, there were legal problems to do something. The Attorney General said that for legal reasons this is currently not possible.
The official reportedly added that US officials were "fully informed".
Netanyahu's short-term pledge to annex the Jordan Valley, if re-elected next week, sparked a condemnation by the Arabs and condemnation of the Palestinians in a political campaign that had almost completely ignored them.
In response to Netanyahu's statement, Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi wrote on Twitter: "Killing all chances for peace for election purposes is irresponsible and dangerous. "
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The Jordan Valley forms the eastern edge of the West Bank. In the 1967 war, Israel conquered the territory of Jordan along with the rest of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Since then, it has established around 30 settlements in the Jordan Valley, where, according to Israeli legal group B'Tselem, 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 settlers live. Palestinians and the international community consider all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be overwhelmingly illegal.
The Jordan Valley is considered an important piece of security for Israel as it provides a buffer zone against possible attacks from the East and ensures a line of defense along the country's long border with Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel 25 years ago.
Prior to Netanyahu's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia also reportedly warned that the Prime Minister's promise to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley could escalate tensions.
According to the Times of Israel, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the implementation could lead to a "sharp escalation of tensions in the region [and] and undermine hopes of establishing the long-awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors."
Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Sochi on Thursday to meet with Putin, where leaders are reportedly discussing regional issues. Netanyahu also met with Putin in Moscow before the April 9 election to receive votes from Israel's large community of Russian-speaking populations. In the April elections, Netanyahu made a similar promise that he would transfer Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank if he would be re-elected. Netanyahu failed to form a government within the given timeframe. Instead of allowing another legislator to form a government, he pushed for a vote to dissolve the Israeli parliament and demand new elections.
Bradford Betz of Fox News, Alex Pappas and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.