Netanyahu says if he is re-elected, he will annex parts of Hebron in the West Bank in a controversial move: reports
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he was planning to use his nation's sovereignty on settlements in the West Bank in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city, if he was re-elected in Tuesday's election.
On Monday, he told the Israeli army radio that, according to Israeli media, he intends to annex "all settlements" in the West Bank, including Hebron and Kiryat Arba, which are located on the outskirts of Hebron.
During the interview, he also pledged to apply Israeli sovereignty to "vital areas" outside the settlement blocs, but did not elaborate on that, reported The Times of Israel. He reportedly talked about the gradual annexations that took place in coordination with the Trump administration.
"I caused them [the Trump administration] to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then move the embassy there and then recognize our sovereignty over the country's Golan Heights," the Israeli newspaper reported.
"And now, after immense diplomatic efforts, I lay the groundwork for the application of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley as our eastern defensive wall and then across all settlements and other vital areas within and outside the blocs. And I want to do all this together with President Trump. "
Netanyahu, fighting for his political survival, made the announcement at the last minute to the aid of nationalists the day before a parliamentary election. Many of the right-wing voters live in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
"I intend to extend sovereignty to all settlements and blocks," including "sites that are important to security or important to the Israeli heritage," Netanyahu said in an interview with Army Radio.
When asked as Netanyahu whether this includes the hundreds of Jews living under heavy military surveillance in the midst of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Hebron, he replied, "Of course." /static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/201
9/09/640/320/Netanyahu-Hebron_Getty-REUTERS.jpg?ve=1&tl=1 "alt =" Israeli troops are patrolling before a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank September 4, 2019.
Israeli troops patrol Israel's Westminster Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah's visit to Hebron on September 4, 2019.
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Yishai Fleisher, an international spokesman for the Hebron Jewish community, said Hebron was The Second Most Historic and Holiest City for Jews to Jerusalem.
In response to Netanyahu's promise to use Israeli sovereignty in Hebron, Fleisher told Fox News, "There is a big difference between politis promises and political policies and action. "
He added," The Jewish community in Hebron welcomes these statements and looks forward to making them political reality and politics. "
Hebron is a sacred site for Jews, Christians and Muslims as the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs are buried in the city." Hebron is a frequent focal point between the Jewish people and the Palestinians living there, and more than 200,000 Palestinians live in Hebron, along with some 800 Jewish people living in a street defended by the Israeli military, living in Kiryat Arba, Hebron's "sister city," about 9,000 Jews, according to Fleisher.
Distributed by Netanyahu's election campaign in recent weeks he made firm promises with the obvious goal of raising more votes and securing re-election.
After Netanyahu did not form a coalition following the April vote that resulted in the dissolution of the Israeli parliament, the Israelis will be the second on Tuesday Election to participate in the elections this year.
Last week, Netanyahu promised, with the annexation of the parlamen The Jordan Valley region of the West Bank, which accounts for about a quarter of the area and is the centerpiece of a future Palestinian state if it wins national elections. The pledge triggered charges from world leaders.
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According to the announcement, a United Nations spokesman claimed any Israeli attempt to control the Palestinian territory "would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace and the essence of a two-state solution."
Netanyahu's last-minute promise also triggered an Arab conviction. On Monday, the Palestinian Authority held a Cabinet meeting in Fasayil, the village on the West Bank near the border with Jordan, to protest Netanyahu's announcement. Mohammed Shtayyeh said at the beginning of the meeting. "We will sue Israel in international courts to exploit our land, and we will continue our fight against the occupation on the ground and in international forums."
Netanyahu's political rivals have rejected his talk of annexation as an electoral trick and pointed out During his more than ten years in office, he has not annexed any territory yet.
Prior to the April elections, Netanyahu made a similar promise that he would apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank if he were re-elected. On Wednesday, Netanyahu said he had tried to annex the territory, but was shot down by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.
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Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. More than 2.5 million Palestinians live today in occupied territories, in addition to nearly 700,000 Jews. Palestinians and the international community regard Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal. Israel has already annexed East Jerusalem, which is not internationally recognized.
Associated Press has contributed to this report.